Seed Ofrendas for Arvin’s Wildflowers. Part 2

On August 14, Hataya and Michelle packed up our seed Ofrendas and made the drive to Arvin, Ca. We were headed to The Cross, a landmark on the outskirts of the town where we and participants from the Armory workshop, indicated that we would place our offerings.

Orange flags mark the spot where we'll took our Ofrendas. The flags are near a local landmark called 'The Cross'

Orange flags mark the spot where we’ll took our Ofrendas. The flags are near a local landmark called ‘The Cross’

We arrived in Kern County in the early evening and by the time we got near The Cross, it was close to 7pm. The summer sun was getting lower in the sky and the landscape was beautiful.

This the landscape as we drive on Bear Mountain Blvd. toward the hills just outside Arvin's central downtown.

This is the landscape as we drove on Bear Mountain Blvd, toward the hills just outside Arvin’s central downtown.

hilly landscapes, browned from a hot summer

Hilly landscapes, browned from a hot summer

This is near The Cross

Looking towards the direction of The Cross. Narrow roads head into farm fields and orchards closer to town

We parked our car on a turnout off of Bear Mountain Blvd and made our walk to the base of The Cross.

Michelle with all of our gear

After getting lost in endless fields trying to find a road directly to The Cross, We were able to park at a turnout off Bear Mountain Blvd, and climb down to The Cross through a broken fence. Here is Michelle with all of our gear.

Another fence next to a long dirt road

Another fence next to a long dirt road

The sun was setting as we got to our destination

The sun was setting as we got to our destination

Finally, The Cross

Finally, The Cross

First, we staked the Ofrendas into the ground to position them. Then, we took them off their sticks and buried them directly into the ground.

First, we staked the Ofrendas into the ground to position them. Then, we took them off their sticks and buried them directly into the ground.

Sun setting

Sun setting

Michelle burying our seed Ofrendas.

Michelle burying our seed Ofrendas.

Now what remains is to see if the poppy seeds will sprout. We hope there will be enough rainfall to grow our flowers. We will return consistently to see if our good wishes take root. Below are pictures of all the Ofrendas we planted that day. We’ll post updates and let you know what grows.

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Seed Ofrendas for Arvin’s Wildflowers. Part 1

Michelle and I conducted an event for the engagement series entitled: Armory Show and Tell, where we were invited to discuss our practice through a hands-on workshop. We started off by introducing participants to Arvin and our latest project, 1000 Wildflowers and the Women of Arvin, Ca. Then, we started the activity. About 20 participants took part in creating good wishes, which we called ofrendas. These pieces were made from bio-degradable materials and laced with poppy seeds in a yogurt base. Participants placed tiny orange flags on a map of Arvin where where their ofrenda would be planted. They are our homage to the wildflowers that used to blanket the hills surrounding Arvin. The workshop took place on August 6, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.  For a full description of our workshop you can click here.

****** Special Thanks to Nathalie Sanchez for taking these photos

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Before beginning the hands-on activity, Michelle Glass and Hataya Tubtim introduce our work in the community of Arvin, California through a slideshow. A projection of flower covered hills is left up for inspiration.

Michelle Glass and Hataya Tubtim explain give instructions to workshop participants

Michelle and Hataya give instructions to workshop participants

More instructions from Michelle

More instructions from Michelle

Participants get to work, painting and drawing.

Participants get to work, painting and drawing.

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Workshop participants paint on biodegradable flags. Later, the flags will be removed from their stakes and buried directly into the ground.

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Participants look to images of the golden poppy for inspiration. The paint is made out of yogurt and laced with Poppy seeds.

Sergio Teran working on his image

Sergio Teran working on his image

Watching mama paint!

Watching mama paint!

inspired by the golden poppy

Golden poppies freshly picked that morning.

showing off the finish

showing off the finish

finally placing their flags on the map.

finally placing their flags on the map.

Each number corresponds to an ofrenda, and will be planted in the area indicated. Here, the flags lie close to a landmark called 'The Cross.'

Each number corresponds to an ofrenda, and will be planted in the area indicated. Here, the flags lie close to a landmark called ‘The Cross.’

In all, we received 23 ofrendas to plant in Arvin. These represent the participant's good wishes for the return of the wildflowers.

In all, we received 23 ofrendas to plant in Arvin. These represent the participant’s good wishes for the return of the wildflowers.

Thank you! Armory Center for the arts for including us in the Show and Tell series and allowing us to talk about our work in Arvin.

Thank you! Armory Center for the arts for including us in the Show and Tell series and allowing us to talk about our work in Arvin.