Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The mother spider plants and repurposed signage were arranged to catch attendees attention and draw them into the space.
The islands offered plants, plantlets and flowers for traded poems.
A Cuban oregano plant serves as the centerpice for the writing table.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Poems were shared.
The audience was really engaged.
They even decorated the reception table with the allium and tomatoes.
Most people used the stations provided.
Wind, nor rain, nor heat kept people from making an effort to write.
They learned to share and help each other as the winds gusted.
Some people brought the tablets over to the sill to write.
Leave a note.
There was a real sense of community.
As people came and went, we would share gardening tips.
People were finding bags and studying the varieties.
They would study the plants to find the healthiest with the widest stalks.
It was definitely a crash course at the university.
I think this view best shows the exodus of the tomato plants.
Even in the rain, people were excited to participate.
It's funny how a big purple flower can change your day.
Yet another flower going out into the world.
Bicycle baskets were a preferred mode of bring the tomato plants home.
Words with Friends at G.E.E.E. turns into Flowers with Friends...
and even more Flowers with Friends.
This participant asked if she could take a few flowers to friends.
This gentleman offered a dirty limerick in trade for a plant for his lady.
Thank you, everyone for participating.
Tuesday morning, we brought around 2,500 tomato plants that we have been growing at a south suburban greenhouse.
People studied the varieties to find the perfect fruit for their taste.
The plants and participants really brought the concrete plaza to life.
We set up stations to write and receive poems.
We are so pleased to have the opportunity to present G.E.E.E. 60637 at the University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts with grateful support from the U. of C. Arts, Science and Culture Initiative.
The event will be a version of "Plants for Poems" which we have previously produced at the Archive House of the Rebuild Foundation, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Hyde Park Art Center.
The exchange will be 15 varieties of mostly heirloom tomatoes and growing tips for poems and words that will document what participants are thinking this particular time and place.
To end the event, a group of U. of C. students will recite some of the poems at a closing reception.