Imagined by Los Angeles artist Devon Tsuno, in partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation, the LA River Seedling Reallocation is a project to conserve water and distribute native horticulture. This public program for CURRENT:LA Water Public Art Biennial, includes distribution of over 200 seedlings, biodegradable LA Watershed planters, and artist-made horticulture zine manuals created by Tsuno. Los Angeles residents will be invited to take home free drought tolerant plants native to the Los Angeles River, and attend California native planting workshops with experts from the Theodore Payne Foundation. Visitors will learn how to use reclaimed water to help repopulate native plants with low water needs throughout LA County. Workshops will take place in cool, slow moving, ankle deep water, giving participants the opportunity to physically and mentally re-envision the LA River as a resource accessible to all. Conserving, gardening, reallocating natural resources and enjoying the outdoors together as a community, participants will reframe the daily river rituals of past inhabitants, by embracing the opportunity of the present.
CURRENT:LA Public Program
Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles-born artist who is based in the city. His recent abstract paintings, socially engaged projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation.
Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights artist-in-residence, and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship for Visual Art. Tsuno’s long-term interest in bodies of water in the LA area has been central to his art outreach collaborations with Big City Forum, the grantLOVE Project, and Occidental College. Tsuno has exhibited at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, the US Embassy in New Zealand, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Roppongi 605 in Tokyo. His solo exhibition, Reclaimed Water was identified in Art LTD as a Critic’s Picks: 2014 Top 10 exhibitions in LA. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.