Heaven and Earth 1: 2009
Heaven and Earth 2: 2010
Heaven and Earth 3: 2011
Heaven and Earth 4: 2012
Heaven and Earth 5: 2013
Heaven and Earth 6: 2014
Heaven and Earth 7: 2015
Heaven and Earth 8: 2016
Heaven and Earth 9: 2017


Printable Maps:

11 x 17 color .pdf
8.5 x11 color .pdf
8.5 x 11 black&white .pdf

Sponsored by:

Center for Environmental Art
Carkeek Park Advisory Council
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Associated Recreational Council

contact Thendara Kida-Gee or David Francis to help support this year's show and artists.

Propagation: Heaven & Earth VII

July 11 - October 15, 2015
Carkeek Park
Seattle, Washington

Opening Saturday, July 11, 2-5pm
Environmental Learning Center
950 Carkeek Park Road, Seattle WA 98177

Aaron Haba Sam Trout / Bayu Andermeyer Danielle Foushee Dara Solliday / Savina Mason The Light Table Design Collective Terra Holcomb Ulrich Pakker Robin Sanders Tori Karpenko Michelle de la Vega Shin Yu Pai Josh Poehlein
Click on the location indicators to see more about the artists and their artwork.
Welcome to Propagation: Heaven and Earth VII at Carkeek Park.

Following its predecessors from 2009-2014, the 2015 exhibition explores art and nature in a rapidly changing climate. The 2015 theme co-curated by David Francis and Thendara Kida Gee focuses on propagation as a governing metaphor, with 12 artists working with a range of materials from steel, to solar cells, to plastics, to golf tees. "Propagation," in the hands of these 12 artists, is both a transferal of energy and a replication of progeny: most of the artworks are not single objects, per se, but display a modular collectivity.

One of the very few exhibitions in the United States to occur in a public nature preserve (urban forest), Heaven and Earth has been sponsored since 2009 by the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC), Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Associated Recreation Council. Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) was a founding organization as well. The exhibition is open daily dawn till dusk July 11 through October 15. Maps are available for download at this website.

While each of the 12 artists have created work that is capable of enduring throughout the summer, the unpredictable nature of an unsecured setting visited by an estimated 100,000 people combined with the vicissitudes of the environment (wind, rain, bioturbation, erosion, earthquake, etc.) create a dynamic and open-ended experience that we urge you to explore on repeat visits as the installations inevitably submit to alteration and change. As you hike the roughly three-mile trail connecting the artworks, you’ll also bypass features like old-growth stumps with springboard notches, dead trees pecked into shapes by Pileated woodpeckers, and piles of ivy gathered by volunteer forest stewards and piled on log platforms: in the presence of the intentional art, we hope you’ll (re)discover the aesthetic appreciation of nature.

Since in most cases, the artists are making new work, the images on the map are often maquettes and approximate the final appearance of the artwork. Locations are also done in advance so that the map is ready. While this map features brief statements by the artists, additional information is available on the exhibition’s website, including an archive of the six previous shows. A catalog is forthcoming and can also be viewed and ordered through the website. We welcome your thoughts and responses, as well as donations, to the exhibition; David Francis and Thendara Kida-Gee, co-curators, davidtfrancis@hotmail.com; tk@vesicacreative.com

Thanks to all our volunteers and thank you for visiting. May the trail unfold before you; may the muse of Heaven and Earth accompany you on your journey.

Maps and information, as well as an archive of all six years of the Heaven and Earth project, are available at this website. See the menu in the left column. Learn more about the participating artists and follow their journey at: https://www.facebook.com/PropagationHE7

Map printing and web services provided by Center on Contemporary Art