This July architect and artist Fritz Haeg is bringing his latest interdisciplinary project ANIMAL ESTATES to San Francisco for a month of workshops and events, and he’s looking for local animal stories to include in an Animal Estates 5.0: San Francisco booklet.
Debuting at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Animal Estates creates model dwellings for animals that are unwelcome or have been displaced by humans. As animal habitats dwindle, Animal Estates proposes their reintroduction into our cities, strip malls, office parks, freeways, front yards, and parking lots, providing a provocative 21st century model for an intimate and thoughtful human-animal relationship.
The SFMOMA version should be fun. Weekend animal estate-building workshops on the Slender Salamander, the California Quail, the Peregrine Falcon, and the California Sea Lion will include expert presentations on each animal ‘client’, plus a series of animal-related sound, movement, writing, and garment-making activities. Fritz is also going to install a geodesic tent (“SF Animal Estates Headquarters”) in the Koret Visitor Education Center, complete with pillows, animal books, and postcards. (I’m hoping for piped-in animal sounds to lull visitors into cozy noon-time naps.)
In the meanwhile! Fritz wants your tall (long?) animal tales.
Animal Story Guidelines:
“Tell your own animal story” can be interpreted in myriad ways. Since we’re something like a one-quarter-dog-per-capita city, maybe dog stories are fair game? Bird names are always fertile music for story-telling: Black Phoebe, Snowy Plover, Long-billed Dowitcher, American Kestral. Or there’s always that weird thing that happened to you with the buffalo in Golden Gate Park.
FIVE HUNDRED words or LESS. Post your stories HERE in the COMMENT BOX, or email them to Education (at) SFMOMA (dot) org. Deadline extended to JUNE 2.
Forward, post, repost! The best stories will be published in an Animal Estates 5.0: San Francisco booklet, which will be sold in the SFMOMA bookstore while Fritz is here in residence.