Futurefarmers in collaboration with local builders, Flatbread Society Bakehouse, 2017; wood, rammed earth, glass. Photo by Monica Løvdahl, courtesy of Futurefarmers.
Futurefarmers, Flatbread Society Bakehouse, permanent public artwork (exterior), 2017; wood, rammed earth, glass; 750 sq. ft. (interior), 1076 sq. ft. (exterior), 16' 5" (height). Photo by Monica Løvdahl, courtesy of Futurefamers.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders planting trees. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
A large-scale sculptural work and a series of public interactions will raise awareness of how trees can combat the effects of climate change in urban communities. Led by curator Marina McDougall and art and design collective Futurefarmers, programming will include tree tours, hands-on workshops, and film screenings that motivate public participation in tree planting across Philadelphia—particularly in underserved neighborhoods where summer temperatures can be more than ten degrees hotter than in higher income areas. The public programming will inform the design and construction of a structure to be built by Futurefarmers in collaboration with community members. The structure will be sculptural in form but multifunctional—including a classroom and a reclaimed wood workshop—to create a gathering space to support reforestation efforts in Philadelphia. Awbury Arboretum in East Germantown will serve as the site for the structure, with additional community gathering sites located throughout the city. A culminating publication will document the project’s key phases.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.