Black Forest: Call for Volunteers

Cougar mountain site where Black Forest will be installed. Photo by Hans Baumann.
Cougar mountain site where Black Forest will be installed. Photo by Hans Baumann.
Cougar mountain site where Black Forest will be installed. Photo by Hans Baumann.
Cougar mountain site where Black Forest will be installed. Photo by Hans Baumann.

Volunteer to help install Hans Baumann’s artwork on Cougar Mountain

As part of 4Culture’s Site Specific 2014 season, Black Forest (29,930,000 tons) by artist Hans Baumann is slated for construction during February. The large-scale land art installation site is Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The artist is looking for volunteers to assist in the construction of the project over the course of three days, from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23. Volunteers can sign up for one of two shifts of work per day – 8:00am to 11:30am or 12:30pm to 4:00pm. Volunteers will be limited to 8 people per shift.

About the Project
Over the winter of 2013-2014, Swiss-American artist Hans Baumann will create an art installation at Cougar Mountain Wildland Park outside Seattle. From 1863 to 1963, this park was the site of intensive coal mining and logging, and it is estimated that some 29,930,000 tons of CO₂ were emitted into the atmosphere as a result of these activities. Black Forest (29,930,000 tons) will reimagine the park as a site for carbon sequestration through the construction of a large-scale land art installation. The project entails covering a carefully selected site in the forest with bio-carbon – an environmentally benign charcoal that is uncannily similar appearance to the coal that was once mined here and still litters the forest floor in some places.

Scope
Approximately 45,000 lbs of bio-carbon will be applied to a site nearly one acre in size. Due to the scale of the installation, volunteers are needed to realize the project. These collaborators will have the opportunity to engage with the artist, contribute to the creative process and create a public art piece.

Duties
As members of the project team, volunteers will have a significant hand in creating this large site-specific “sculpture”. To assemble the piece, team members will carry bags of bio-carbon and spread them with a gentle hand across the ground. Areas to be covered in char will be clearly demarcated, but volunteers will take in active role in determining how the bio-carbon is applied to the specific areas of the site in which they will be working. The project will be assembled over the course of three days. Volunteers are asked to be of adequate physical fitness and comfortable with working outdoors. Volunteers can expect that tools, rain gear and refreshments will be provided to them. Prior to working, all volunteers and their visitors will be required to sign a waiver form. Although not required, it would be ideal if volunteers were able to be available for more than one day. The installation site and staging area are directly accessible by vehicle and every effort will be made to make the experience an enjoyable one.

For more info visit: www.theblackforest.org (or) facebook.com/blackforest2014

To volunteer email Laurie Clinton or telephone 206.296.4452.