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Human/Nature: Participatory Creations at the Albany Bulb

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Albany Bulb

1 Buchanan Street

Albany, CA 94710

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It’s human nature to create, to bond with the natural world, and to connect with each other—so we know we’ll be tapping into some powerful human instincts in this Love the Bulb event led by socially-engaged environmental artist Zach Pine and social activist dancer and choreographer Chelsea Boyd Brown.

In a series of lightly-guided playful activities, we’ll create together using our imaginations, body movements, and human-made and nature-made objects from the Bulb. What if we viewed people as kinetic sculptures, chunks of concrete as alive, fennel stalks as communication links, and the environment as a fractal shared home? What if by playing and creating together in a place, we learned much more about ourselves, each other, and the world we live in?

All humans welcome! No fee! Limited to 20 participants--advance registration on Eventbrite is required.

SITE INFORMATION:

The Albany Bulb is a magical almost-island about the size of Alcatraz connected to the East Bay mainland by a long, narrow neck of rubble. The Bulb was a construction debris landfill from 1963 to 1983, and after it closed, dogwalkers, birdwatchers, and artists took over this pile of concrete and rebar, which was never fully capped or manicured.

Over the years, artists have used the Bulb as a platform to continue the tradition of the driftwood art that once filled the Emeryville mudflats, building large sculptures both from flotsam and from materials pulled out of the landfill. Artists riff off each other's work over time and space, and visitors return to see what is new with their favorite pieces or what has popped up in a new location.

As the Bulb transitions from City ownership to management by the East Bay Regional Park District, local artists and citizens have come together in a group called Love the Bulb to advocate not only for keeping the art but for creating a new kind of park that allows for the creation of new temporary installations and performances.

Love the Bulb presents monthly participatory art-in-nature events that often combine music, artmaking, and conversation in our First Sundays series. We are part of the California Institute for Community, Art and Nature, a project of Earth Island Institute. Join our email list to get announcements of upcoming events: albanybulbinfo@gmail.com and visit our Facebook page.

Eventbrite registration required – enrollment is limited to 20 people.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION:

Please arrive on time, as our activities cannot accommodate late arrivals.

Meet and sign in at 1:45 p.m. at the bulletin board near the large bird sculptures at the parking lot for the Albany Waterfront Trail (Google maps address is 1 Buchanan Street). We will have a brief explanatory meeting at 2 p.m. at the "firepit" by the beach (i.e. Carlo Ferretti's land art piece called “The Cove”) before we begin our first activity.

Cautions/Distance: As a former landfill, the Bulb has many hazards including protruding metal, uneven footing, broken glass, etc. We will mainly be on the wide dirt pathways and cleared areas, and we will travel approximately 1.2 miles in the course of the event. Our last activity will end at 3:45 p.m at a site that is .6 miles from the parking lot.

What to wear: We recommend sturdy shoes, layers (it can be windy and cold), clothes that can get dirty, and a hat.

What to bring: gardening/work gloves, water, snacks.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but be aware that our activities are planned as full-attention endeavors. If your dog will distract you or others, consider another plan.

What if it rains? We will still hold the event if there is light rain. Heavy rain postpones the event; we will send out an email to everyone who has registered by 12 p.m. on event day in case of postponement.

Parking: There is parking in the Albany Waterfront Trail parking lot and along Buchanan Street. In addition, the Golden Gate Fields racetrack has generously offered to open the sandy parking lot immediately adjacent to the beach: enter at the far western end of Buchanan street at the turnaround by the bird sculptures.

Bicycling: There are bike racks in a high-visibility area along the paved path near the beach (about 50 feet from the bulletin board).

Walking/bus: The bulletin board where we are meeting is a 23-minute walk from the corner of San Pablo Ave. and Buchanan Street/Marin Ave. Many buses serve San Pablo Ave.

PHOTO CREDITS: images with brown grassy background--Chelsea Boyd Brown, other images: Ken Osborne.



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