hugh livingston and his parabolic mic

Eight artists out at Middle Harbor today, a shimmering greyscale wind racing in our faces, steering the conversation to wind-based / wind-resistant art. With the Exploratorium launching its outdoor installations this week, we talked of interactive art that could deepen park visitors’ understanding of the natural and built worlds at Middle Harbor. And on the dancing about architecture tip: iLAND.

Tara Reinertson, the park’s naturalist, gave a free talk on the workings and history of the container shipping operation that surrounds the park, complete with a crash course in trade economics. We studied the Panamax cranes as they unloaded a ship from the Wan Hai lines, drawing the attention of a dock boss who glided over in a pick-up to confirm our good intentions through the chain-link fence.

Some more ideas for The Big Book of Creative Things To Do In Middle Harbor Shoreline Park:

  • Cinema Shuttle from West Oakland BART to Middle Harbor for the free, outdoor Bruce Lee Film Festival (piece of cake for Oaklandish!)
  • Giant game of Four Square in Teletubby Valley
  • Security Camera Inversion with dozens of mounted projectors shining imagery that makes us feel very much at ease. Pretty flowers. A bear hug. And for me: a big box of Cap’n Crunch.