SARAH KAVAGE

I’m a Seattle based visual artist and cultural organizer who makes art about place. 

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SARAH KAVAGE

I’m a Seattle based visual artist who makes artwork about place. 

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May 2021
John Heinz National Wildlife Reguge, Philadelphia PA

Assistant
Hannah DeClercq
Nola Latty

Carpentry
Robert Zverina

Community Liaison
Priscilla Bell

Special thanks to
The Mobilize Green Youth Crews, Phrag Fest volunteers and the entire staff at the refuge, Moore College and Daniel Tucker

Photos
Robert Zverina, Marley Myers, Sarah Kavage


These benches were created in response to the abundant bird life found at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, which is located along a major bird migration route. The work has become a fixture at the refuge, turning a previously underused area into a popular photo and picnic spot.

The benches were made with Phragmites reed, an invasive plant that is prominent at the Refuge, and the harvests contributed to efforts to restore native habitat.

The movement of plants, people, and animals is a constant throughout history - Phragmites is native to Europe and the Middle East, with many traditional uses. The Phragmites that dominates many wetlands in the US today was likely introduced with European colonization, and followed disturbed ecosystems and transportation networks across the continent.

The reed we used was harvested from the refuge by volunteers and the Mobilize Green youth crew. The youth crew also helped to build the benches. Working with the youth crews was so fun - they were engaged, thoughtful, and creative, and we had some really good conversations.

Producers Damion (Dame) Ward and Yaya Horne at Tiny Room for Elephants served as artists in residence at Heinz, organizing a special Juneteenth edition of the annual Solstice celebration at the refuge.

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