Floraffiti began 5 years ago as a result of a solution to a design challenge when positioning large scaled installation, "Playing It Safe", in a brightly lit venue. A shadow of a word could not be cast onto the floor of the space as intended. Next best idea... dirt was hauled into the space and the first Floraffiti word was planted.
Floraffiti is a public art placemaking, community engagement project that took place in Chapel Hill and Carrboro for their 2nd Friday ArtWalk in April 2017 Large scaled words were seeded in mulched areas around the two towns in prominent areas growing from March through June 2017. Founder of Floraffiti, artist, and event coordinator, Carter Hubbard, partnered with a local spoken word poet holdingworkshops with teens with the area's home schoolers, Orange County Public Schools, Boomerang, and with the adults of the North Carolina Art Therapy Institute's Arts and Peer Support Group.
These words discovered throughout the two towns have come from community input, cultural aspects important to the community, a reflection of the times, the relationship of the physical surroundings to the planted words, and response to existing words in the past.
The map below shows all the areas where Floraffiti grew. The green zones show where the solo and group performances took place around specific words that come from the poetry created by teen and adult Floraffiti workshop participants.
This project is proudly sponsored by: