Click through the photos to see some of the activities in the evolution of Week 1's Fritz Haeg-inspired project: a geodesic dome housing a symbolic community meal.

The week started with resident gardener Keith Clougherty introducing us to Haeg’s Domestic Integrities project, where all that is harvested in the Parking Lot garden and at local farms is being made into consumables at the community rug and kitchen in The Square. Campers documented the spinning wheel, leaves, tomatoes, garlic scapes, lavender, mini sheep wool, husk cherries, and more through drawing, poetry, and blackberry ink in their newly made journals.

The Animal, Vegetable, Mineral week also included an exciting visit by local beekeper Robert Scott, mapping what besides food feeds us and helps us grow, building model geodesic domes, screenprinting our favorite flora and fauna, making jewerly that mapped our nature walks, printing from leaves and pinecones, sprouting our own gardens, and painting hexagonal plates for our Friday meal.

On Friday afternoon, families and the public participated in the community “meal."

 

Click through the photos to see some of the activities in the evolution of Week 2's Jane Marsching-inspired project: an herbarium and sensorium.

The week started with WORK OUT artist Jane Marsching introducing her project, Field Station Concordia. Then she set us on our way to scavenge the Sculpture Park for as many objects as we could find - from leaves to flowers to pinecones to blades of grass. Using walnut ink made by Jane, we made 400 prints that have since been organized into the field station's herbarium - an exhibit of the flora from different areas of the Park.

Other activities that made up this hive week focusing on Artists, Citizens, and Scientists included collecting and classifying bugs, making pocket museums and mini sculpture parks in a jar, developing a touch board and touch table, staking out the best views of the Park for visitors, making amplified cantoloupe drums and other fruit and vegetable instruments, and exploring the extraordinary world of Tony Feher in the Museum.

On Friday afternoon, families, friends, and the public  experienced deCordova with all of their senses at the hive's "sensorium."

 

Click through the photos to see some of the activities in the evolution of this week’s Futurefarmers-inspired projects: broadsides made with carved wood type and a an extraordinary "Tool Fair."

The week started with WORK OUT artist collective Futurefarmers demonstrating the many things that you can make and learn from wood. Everyone got to try the two-person saw that the Futurefarmers are using to make wood slices from a spruce tree that fell in the Sculpture Park in Hurricane Sandy last fall. We made rubbings of all the trees in the grove using charcoal and chalk. And, we learned about how to make a violin from carved wood and what makes its sound.

The Tools, Trees, People week focused on tools for living, including the inventing and engineering of tools for: communication, observing, collecting, sheltering, and building community. Other activities inspired by trees and wood included papermaking from tree pulp, twig and mixed media sculptures, forest explorations, and tree ring prints, all mixed with visits to see what the Futurefarmers and friends were making at the giant tree.

On Friday afternoon, families, friends, and the Futurefarmers checked out the hive's Tool Fair and creatively engineered shelters.

 

Click through the photos to see some of the activities in the evolution of Week 4's Andi Sutton-inspired project: The Game of Habitat!

The week started with Boston-based WORK OUT artist Andi Sutton introducing us to her Assisted Flagration project, the series of pink flamingoes populating the Sculpture Park this summer. Unlike the familiar plastic lawn ornaments, campers noticed that these flamingoes are in varying states of decay - and are filled with "seed bombs" that are planting wildflower species native to the Carolinas to help us think about the effects of climate change on where things live and how they adapt. After talking about why and how the flamingoes were made, we had revealing conversations about what we are afraid - and what we hope - will become extinct in the future, which were recorded for Andi's archive. We are worried that penguins, elephants, trees, social services, people, and butterflies might become extinct; while we are wishing that nuclear weapons, cancer, and guns will disappear soon from the earth.

Throughout the week, the hives were involved in such immersive actitivies as marking and mapping their "habitats" in the Sculpture Park, inventing their own costumed creatures, going on blindfolded partner walks, participating in sound circles, creating a symphony with everyday objects, building bird seed sculptures and clay lawn ornaments, and harvesting and pickling vegetables with interns from The Food Project, and developing performances and events to share their invented creatures.

On Friday, August 2, at 4 pm, family, friends, and the public were to dramatic presentations of the campers' creatures in their Park habitats.