Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center to Host Community Art Workshop
Members of the Agua Dulce community and surrounding areas are invited to participate in the creation of a public art sculpture at the new Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center during a weekend workshop on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The Interpretive Center was intended by the community of Agua Dulce to house artifacts found at the park and to teach visitors about the flora, fauna and geology of the area. The workshop in June is free to the public, and no experience is necessary to participate in the completion of a new sculpture by Didier Hess.
Hoping to create a piece dependent on community involvement and highly tactile and interactive, Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess will cover a bronze sculpture with rammed earth (dirt mixed with a small amount of concrete) and imbed donated objects into the earth, to be revealed by erosion over time. These objects will eventually become historic artifacts. Appropriate objects are less than three inches in diameter and able to withstand compressive forces, such as coins, medallions, keys, rocks and locks of hair. All objects will be subject to selection by the artists for inclusion in the final piece.
The sculpture, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Civic Art Program, reflects on a small scale the geological forces that shaped the monumental formations of Vasquez Rocks. It will also function as a time capsule.
“We hope through our work to not only shift the scale of the geological forces to a more comprehensible size for visitors,” said Didier and Hess, “but also to show that just beneath, or even on the surface of our surroundings, there are traces of people who were here before us.”
The artists hope that participants will return to the park for years to come to see their own handiwork, to show their families and to see the forces of nature at work on the sculpture as it gradually erodes. When visitors return at various points during their lives, the sculpture will be different. Its contours and the secret sculpture and artifacts it conceals will be altered in response to both human and natural forces.
To sign up for the weekend workshop to learn about rammed earth construction and contribute to the new sculpture, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.