Art exhibition on Tumamoc Hill invites visitors to become poetic about climate change | Local News


“By looking backward and forward simultaneously, we hope to provide new ways for people to view the changing weather in Tucson and around the world,” project manager Jonathon Keats said in a written statement. “In order to counter climate change complacency, we need to be sensitive to shifting baselines.”

Wilder added that Tumamoc Hill is “the perfect place to make these observations across space and time” as it attracts many regular visitors.

Two of the slate tablets are in English, one in Spanish, and the one at the top of the hill is in O’odham. The proverbs on the tablets were written by Keats and local poets Raquel Gutiérrez and Ofelia Zepeda.

Wilder said Tumamoc’s team of volunteer guides will help keep the slates clean and chalk-filled while checking them for graffiti and inappropriate language.

He hopes the project will generate unexpected inputs beyond what he called “the fear-based response” to change. He said he wanted to hear from people who were “looking for beauty too.”

For the show’s premiere on Saturday, Tucson’s Cream Design & Print will set up shop at the Tumamoc Hill Boathouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to screen print weather proverbs onto t-shirts, tote bags and other color fabrics. clear free of charge. The first 200 participants will receive a free t-shirt printed with proverbs.


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