​​​​​​​​Artist's Initiative VI

Ground Cover​

 

 

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​ARTIST: Ann Morton

DATE: 2013

LOCATION: 1st Street and McKinley Street

TYPE: Temporary Public Art

MATERIALS: Textile

BUDGET: $42,000

DISTRICT: 7 & 8

ZIP CODE: 85004


Ground Cover was created by Ann Morton to unite one of the oldest of “homemaking’” arts with providing comfort and warmth for the homeless and beautifying a vacant lot in downtown Phoenix. Rallying more than 300 quilters, knitters and “blanketeers” from 22 U. S. states and two provinces in Canada, Morton produced a 116 x 50-foot ground cover of 300 hand-made blankets forming a colossal image of lush desert flowers. Each of the smaller blankets included 28 10 in. X 10 in. squares. Morton designed the squares and their colors to act as  “pixels” in the overall image. The monumental blanket was displayed on a vacant lot at 1st and McKinley Streets in downtown Phoenix on December 6 and 7, 2013, After the two-day installation, Morton and her team of blanketeers and helpers disassembled the “ground cover” and gave the 300 blankets – each  measuring 40 inches- by 70-inches -- to social service agencies to distribute to homeless people in the Valley and elsewhere in Arizona.

“Ground Cover" was commissioned by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program with support from a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant as part of Phoenix’s “Cultural Connections,” a series of temporary artworks commissioned by the City of Phoenix, the ASU Art Museum, and Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation.