Jayne Murray, a public artist


Working with 2 local artists (LisaAnn Lobosso and Jorge Guillen) and residents at a migrant camp of historical significance. The project aimed to create temporary interventions based on the history, geography and occupiers, and point towards longer term strategies for the camp environment.

The Sunset Camp site dates back to the 1930’s dustbowl era when people migrated towards California looking for work. It is mentioned in John Steinbeck’s ‘ Grapes of Wrath’ as the Weedpatch camp.

What we found as important for the camp through the process of working with people was to make a hospitable and sociable environment for all ages, places to communicate and socialise, the ice cream van calling in, places for opportunity, variety through planting and colour, and alternative means to stimulate learning and imagination.

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