On May 11, artist Taiana Giefer installed a collection of hand-made wool tapestries throughout the grounds of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. Called Seed Study: Conception, the collection of felted wool pieces looked right at home among the adobe walls at El Presidio SHP. Taiana installed the pieces in a manner that encouraged visitors to explore the park, so that around every turn and across every threshold they might encounter a surprise.
We were pleased to partner with Taiana, and to make admission free to the park for the day to encourage attendance and exploration of these unique pieces. Her project dovetailed perfectly with our organizational value to provide a welcoming and accessible gathering place for Santa Barbarans and all who visit our community. It also tied in perfectly with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s strategic plan goal to support the Presidio Neighborhood’s growing role as a community hub. We learned to see our special historic spaces differently, through an artist’s eye, and were happy to welcome new visitors to park who came to see the project.
We look forward to presenting more creative partnership projects in service of our mission. In all things, we are stronger when working together.