This is an ephemeral project exploring the temporary transformation of unused urban space and the role of artists to modify civic space. The basics of the project is to use a trebuchet to launch packets of wildflower seeds in the vacant lot located at the corner of 10th and North Tryon St., near the McColl Center for Visual Arts, where I am currently an Artist in Residence. Rubble from the the lot is stacked to make measurement markers, but also to activate and transform the space.The launching of the seeds will hopefully “paint” the vacant lot with a variety native southeastern wildflower, including Black-eyed Susan, Chicory, White Yarrow, Cosmos, and Calendula. The scatter patterns of the seed packets from the impact of being tossed by the trebuchet will create the random “strokes” of the flowers; the colors appearing once the plants have taken hold and eventually bloom. This project will unfold over time, beginning first with the event of launching the seed packets, and then hopefully the eventual germination and blooming of the wildflowers. It is my hope that this final act will attract butterflies and birds, adding to the ephemeral temporary beautification of the vacant lot. The trebuchet is a medieval siege engine that was used to destroy architecture, in this project it will be used as an engine of creation. Upon the lot at 10th and North Tryon St., there obviously stood some sort of structure, and possibly one day soon, it will be built upon again. It is this interim, architecturally fallow, period that inspired this project, the opportunity to temporarily transform unused space. Urban space transforms and urban memory is unstable. As an artist I find this liminal space inspiring, the chance to reinsert into the conscious of civic space a different perspective on an overlooked area.


The vacant lot

stacked rubble

mimicking the skyline