County art project needs installation volunteers

February 18, 2014

By Staff

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park will soon host a unique art installation that honors its past, while nurturing its future.

4Culture and the King County Parks and Recreation Division present Black Forest [29,930,000 tons], a land-art project created by Seattle-based artist Hans Baumann.

“Black Forest [29,930,000 tons] is an aesthetic statement borne out of the complex historical narratives present at Cougar Mountain,” Baumann said. “It acknowledges the park’s history as a site of intense resource extraction and re-imagines the forest as a site for carbon sequestration through the construction of a large-scale land-art installation.”

With the help of volunteers, nearly 50,000 pounds of bio-carbon will be applied to a forested site roughly one acre in size near the Red Town trailhead at the park’s northwest entrance. The bio-carbon will cover the forest floor and decompose slowly over time.

Baumann chose the material because it improves the health of the forest soil and resembles the coal that was actively mined from the mountain from 1863 to 1963.

Funding for the project was provided by 4Culture, King County’s public arts agency, but volunteers are needed to make the project, set to debut to the public in March, a reality.

About eight volunteers are needed for two shifts per day Feb. 21-23. Volunteers will work from 8-11:30 a.m. or from 12:30-4 p.m. and are encouraged to participate across multiple days and shifts.

Contact Laurie Clinton, volunteer program manager at King County Parks, at 206-296-4452 or laurie.clinton@kingcounty.gov, to participate.

“It will bring attention to the fact that Cougar Mountain is an abandoned coal mine, and through the lens of a contemporary artist, suggest a productive and positive future for post-industrial sites in our region,” said Eric Taylor, who runs 4Culture’s Heritage Programs.

 

 

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