I’ve just finished installing my first seed-dispersing mural on the berm of Shoemaker Mastery Charter School campus. “Explosive Situation (Seeds, Leaves, Petals)” is a series of shapes cut from handmade, seed-embedded paper, wheatpasted to the school’s brick surface. As the wheatpaste degrades, the paper pieces will fall, distributing their seed into the (newly cleared) green space below. The hope is that as the mural degrades, a vibrant wildflower garden will appear.
I completed this project as part of Philadelphia Mural Arts “Restored Spaces” initiative. Restored Spaces serves as a platform for community action through art and planning in shaping the urban landscape, resulting in new green space and environmental infrastructure, parks, playgrounds and public art.
My special thanks goes to the high school students of Shoemaker Mastery Charter School, who got their hands dirty pulping, papermaking, clearing lots, picking up trash, learning plants, cutting and pasting shapes, and making this thing happen.
The piece is up now, until it turns into flowers…
53rd and Media St, Philadelphia, PA
Kaitlin Pomerantz, 2013