For Immediate ReleaseAugust 01, 2018
Art installation made from tree limbs serves as fire fuel reduction reminder
San Rafael, CA – A County of Marin-sponsored art installation, now under construction in San Rafael, will serve as an eye-catching reminder about the always-present danger of wildfire for Marin County.
Eucalyptus, the main nest-building material used in Fann’s projects, is an invasive species and creates a high risk for wildfires. After goats clear the land of poison oak, the artist and Marin County Parks team will harvest branches as part of ongoing fire fuel management in Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Preserve.
Beginning August 7, small teams will assist the artist in assembling the nest on Children’s Island at Lagoon Park in San Rafael, where visitors can watch the structure take shape. On August 19, Parks and the Marin County Cultural Services Department will host a public opening of the Spirit Nest, including a variety of festivities and a meet-and-greet with the artist.
“We selected Jayson Fann’s work for our park location because his art brings a strong sense of place, is inspired by nature, and evokes childlike wonder,” said Parks Project Manager Stephanie Troyan. “It also acts as an important tool to help us spread the word about invasive species and fire fuel management. Marin has a tradition of supporting the arts and is a hub for creativity and innovation. We are building on this tradition by working with artists to activate our public parks and bring art to a wider audience.”
Gabriella Calicchio, Director of Cultural Services, said Art in the Parks is an initiative between the two County departments to increase community access to art and build upon the ever-popular Marin County Parks programs.
“We hope to bring our parks to life with artworks that engage community members and embrace and celebrate the diversity that strengthens our County,” Calicchio said. “Spirit Nest is a great launch to this new partnership as it beautifully blends art and the natural environment, and I’m thrilled our patrons will be able to witness the art-making right here at Marin Center.”
Fann, from Big Sur, is an interdisciplinary artist and designer with a focus on large-scale works that weave natural architecture, multicultural imagery, and inspirational messages. He focuses on creating the interactive Spirit Nests, built from natural materials in collaboration with local communities. His creative work has taken him to more than 30 countries. His awards include a certificate of recognition from the California State Legislature for cross-cultural bridge building through the arts.
Further details and information about the opening event can be found on the official Spirit Nest webpage. Funding for this special project is from Parks and Open Space Measure A.
For more information about Fann’s work including educational and teaching opportunities, visit www.spiritnestcreations.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie TroyanProject Manager and Landscape DesignerMarin County Parks
Marin Civic CenterSuite 260San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6366Email: Stephanie TroyanMarin County Parks website