Ten Thousand Suns is an annual summer-long botanical performance started in the Summer of 2016 in which over 10,000 sunflower seeds were planted and nurtured over the course of the summer months on land that until recently sat under a highway, with high compaction, low-organic material, and embedded with toxicity. A portion of the performance is simply the presence of the community members who volunteered to care for the field, with no other motive than “developing” a garden/park for everyone to enjoy.
Sunflowers are annuals, so each year we need to add compost to field and replant. The process is all part of the beauty of the project, and done with volunteer work. The money will go towards the cost of compost and miscellaneous items needed for maintenance.
The first sunflower bloomed in early July last year and soon after others joined, like a slow fireworks display taking place in the coming weeks. It was now finally quite evident what we were up to all summer and the land became activated with a flurry of people inhabiting the space for a variety of unplanned intentions, including yoga, picnics, and music. The response was incredible. The simple joy that a simple flower could bring to people was the most consistent of comments I received, and one of my favorites, a young girl out with her mother on their evening stroll always insisted they go “the sunflower way.”
Risks and challenges
Given the scale scale and popularity of the previous year's project we are also looking to expand our volunteer base to attend to the continued maintenance of the project throughout the summer. Its over an acre of sunflowers, a lot of time and effort are needed to make it beautiful. I think last I myself recorded over 200 hrs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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