Black Forest (29,930,000 tons) is a large-scale land art installation slated for construction during February 2014 at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park in Issaquah, Wash. King County is helping the artist recruit volunteers to assist in the construction of the project during the course of three days, from Friday, February 21, to Sunday, February 23!
About the Project
During the winter of 2013-2014, Swiss-American artist Hans Baumann will create an art installation at Cougar Mountain Wildland Park outside of Seattle. From 1863 to 1963, this park was the site of intensive coal mining and logging, and it is estimated that some 29,930,000 tons of CO2 were emitted into the atmosphere as a result of these activities. Black Forest will reimagine the park as a site for carbon sequestration through the construction of a large-scale land art installation. The project entails covering a carefully selected site in the forest with bio-carbon—an environmentally benign charcoal that is uncannily similar in appearance to the coal that was once mined here and still litters the forest floor in some places.
Approximately 45,000 pounds of bio-carbon will be applied to a site nearly one acre in size. Due to the scale of the installation, volunteers are needed to realize the project. These collaborators will have the opportunity to engage with the artist, contribute to the creative process, and create a public art piece.
As members of the project team, volunteers will have a significant hand in creating this large, site-specific “sculpture.” To assemble the piece, team members will carry bags of bio-carbon and spread them with a gentle hand across the ground. Areas to be covered in char will be clearly demarcated, but volunteers will take in active role in determining how the bio-carbon is applied to the specific areas of the site in which they will be working.
The project will be assembled over the course of three days. Volunteers can sign up for one of two shifts of work per day: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; each shift will be limited to eight volunteers.
Volunteers are asked to be of adequate physical fitness and comfortable with working outdoors. Tools, rain gear and refreshments will be provided. Prior to working, all volunteers and their visitors will be required to sign a waiver form. Although not required, it would be ideal if volunteers were able to be available for more than one day. The installation site and staging area are directly accessible by vehicle, and every effort will be made to make the experience an enjoyable one.
Learn more about the project and check out the Facebook page. And if you’d like to volunteer, contact Laurie Clinton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.296.4452.
Photo © www.theblackforest.org.