As part of my time here at the Rising Seas confab, I want to implement a participatory eco-art project to engage the local community in addressing climate change concerns. I thought to take my Native Flags project as a point of departure.
Walking around the Robert Rauschenberg Residency (RRR) 22 acre campus I noticed many Gumbo Limbo trees. The native tree (also called the tourist tree) is resilient in the face of hurricane winds and does a great job at sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. And it easily grows from a twig…
Today, I met with Jason and Carrell here at the residency and began talking about taking cuttings from their Gumbo Limbo trees to create a nursery here at the residency.
We also talked about creating a RRRR (Robert Rauschenberg Residency Reforesration) project-specific flag similar to the one I planted at the North Pole (http://cortada.com/videos/2008/north-pole). The flags would be silkscreened onsite here at the studio.
Participants would plant their RRRR flag alongside the RRRR native trees all over this tourist island.