Saturday, October 2, 2010

Art in the Garden with the SF. APLD

Last week I was graciously invited as a guest to join the San Francisco branch of the APLD ( Association of Professional Landscape Designers ) in a field trip that celebrated Art in the Garden.
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Our first stop of the day was at the San Francisco Dump. - yes you read correctly, The Dump.
The dump has a unique program that offers an Artist in Residence program.
The artist has free reign to salvage incoming and sorted materials to make art with.
The dump provides studio space , gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden park to create and exhibit their work.

Indoor gallery
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Work in the studio
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After viewing the facilities, galleries and sculpture park we visited the private art studio and garden of Matt Gil.
He works in a variety of mediums, but metal seems to be his choice at the moment.
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A prototype under creation- hammered metal floating in water
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Metal and mosaic tile sculpture
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We ended our day at Flora Grubb Nursery in the city where employee Jim Kumiega showed us his ever growing/ evolving automobile and plant sculpture. Jim has a theater set design background and is responsilble for many of the uniquely wonderful sculptural vignettes seen around the nursery.
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phrago said...

All the photos are Awesome! I would personally like to own the Bottle sculpture. It looks like a 'Trifari' Pin of a Thistle flower that I recently acquired. Beautful...

Christine said...

I'm with phrago- the brick and the bottle sculptures are absolutely captivating. The dump's program draws some amazing talent- always interesting to see what happens when you pair artists with unrestricted access to all sorts of surprising materials!

susan morrison said...

Sounds like it was a great day. The APLD East Bay district has a members only tour this Friday to see 10 gardens designed by members. I'm starting a bunch of new projects in a few weeks and hoping to get some inspiration.

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

I was a fan of the bottle and tear drop brick sculpture too.
I thought that I would like to apply to the program but after experiencing the dust first hand I realized it was not a practical choice due to my one remaining ( and compromised ) lung.

Susan, Hope you have an inspirational trip with your local APLD district.
I am so impressed with the S.F. and NorthBay districts.
This assc. does a lot of good for the industry.