the seed: a proposal for a new branch of the san francisco public library - Slow Food Nation

the seed: a proposal for a new branch of the san francisco public library, 2008

Jesse Schlesinger and Jerome Waag’s site-specific sculptural installation at 155 Grove Street during the international Slow Food Nation event . Schlesinger and Waag are San Francisco-based artists who share a passion for both food and art. Their Grove Street collaboration will explore this intersection and extend the vernacular of food to social, political, economic and environmental issues. Their conceptual installation takes the form of a proposal for a new branch of the San Francisco Library dedicated to seed exchange, as well as the loaning of gardening tools and literature associated with farming, gardening and urban greening. From the street the viewer will see an archetypal model, which will embody the essence of the proposed seed library. In Schlesinger’s view the Grove Street installation “represents two potentials: a new branch of the San Francisco Public Library system devoted to a specific environmental effort, and the possibility that individual citizens will think about how art can incite social change.”

 Sponsored by The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, in partnership with New Langton Arts. Co-curated with Australian Curator Justine Topfer