Seed the Change

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Seed the Change
Photo Credit: Jon Slavkin
Lead Artist(s):

Description:

Seed the Change was a day-long collaborative drawing event on June 5 on the Riverfront at the Arch in St. Louis. Using sunflower seeds, safflower and millet, an unforgettable “seed drawing” was made on the sidewalk along the river, centering on the Arch and extending hundreds of feet north and south. The underlying design, based on native wildflowers, was outlined by artist Jessica Witte and her team. Visitors helped build the drawing with seed throughout the day. The drawing grew and changed with the participation of the audience. Time-lapse photography recorded the changing form of the drawing over its lifespan, and the destruction of the artwork at the end of the day. The riverfront, which was recently renovated to make it a more inviting and usable space, is an important community gathering place. Seed the Change created an opportunity for people to have a chance encounter with art.

PROJECT LOCATION

Public Space
Sidewalk
Waterway/River
Seed the Change was installed on the promenade along the Mississippi riverfront, directly below the Gateway Arch. The site, in the shadow of a national icon, created contrast between the monumentality of one work of art, with the ephemeral nature of the other.
St. Louis Riverfront at the Arch
Leonor K. Sullivan Drive
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
10,000
under $50K
Grant
Private
Drawing, Environmental Art, Floor/Surfaces, Installation, Mural
Plant material
2016
2017