Open to the public!

On Saturday, June 15, 2024, Blue Lab will be staging our inaugural participatory public art project at Morris Arboretum & Gardens at the University of Pennsylvania!

Supported by an award from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and set within the curated landscape of the arboretum, the Blue Lab Popup Story Patch: Ecotopian Tools for Multispecies Flourishing will create for visitors a space that is both part of and apart from their experience of nature–a space of generative self-reflection and freeplay that reframes their relationships to the multispecies worlds around them.

Emphasizing imagination, memory, speculation and active engagement, visitors to the Blue Lab Popup Story Patch will be invited to participate in conversations about individual plants and animals who have captivated their imaginations; these could be more-than-human family members (past or present), lively presences in yards or neighborhoods, and reminders of ecological loss or of places far from home. For visitors who want to participate, their stories will be recorded and become part of a living multimedia love letter to the more-than-human world.