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Heart in the Haystack: a community installation with Kim Radochia

Friday, September 24

12:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Community Programs

Heart in the Haystack
Pledges to plant native species

On view from September 24 – October 24, 2021
Community Installation: Friday, September 24 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum Green
13 Poplar Street, Gloucester, MA
Free and open to the public, registrations required.  For questions or further details contact info@capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x110.

Historically, the salt marsh haystack was a structure made to store nutritious food for working animals. These iconic haystacks depicted in many of these paintings were beautiful beacons of function made up of Saltmeadow Cordgrass, Spartina patens. This plant was a critical crop in these artist’s lifetime and vitally important now in capturing water and providing a buffer to our increasingly aggressive weather patterns and rising seas.

Artist Statement: Kim Radochia

Here on the Cape Ann Museum Green this historical form is reinterpreted as an interactive experience to learn about our local ecology through plants. Cordgrass is just one of the many native plants that are part of the interconnected web of what makes this environment along our coast healthy and unique. Native plants have been here for thousands of years and are best suited to provide the most nutrients to insects and birds. Without these creatures and their ability to migrate, nest, propagate, and germinate the patterns and structures of nature will degrade, sending the balance of Earth’s systems into decline. Here I ask for your help in learning about these special plants and I ask that you make a pledge to plant one of these plants in the ground. In the act of hanging a stick from a native tree here within this haystack I am inviting you to become part of this project. By planting native species and converting lawns and properties to habitat, we are adding places for our local creatures to thrive amidst a very changing world. Small
steps you take can aggregate and make a big difference in the health of our future planet.

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