Shoreline Project offers communities a platform to actively participate in the environment around them, hoping this collective action encourages a shift in perspective. A shift exchanging the belief that natural boundaries exist as barriers instead of shared resources. This work was founded on the belief that art brings people together, in an inclusive way, and celebrates our intrinsic human connection to the natural world.
Shoreline Project acts as a first step in imagining solutions to these existential issues.
Over a year of meticulous planning went into Shoreline Project. From designing illuminated umbrellas, to gathering over a thousand volunteers, to measuring and mapping the beach, to studying the tides, and choreographing prompts for igniting volunteers into motion— no detail was overlooked.
The sound of drums beating to “the heartbeat of the ocean” cued the opening of umbrellas and set the volunteers to action. Shoreline Project pulsated with the collective energy of volunteers and took on a life of its own.
One thousand community members gathered at sunset on Laguna’s Main Beach and in unison, lit their umbrellas to the cue of local musicians. Over the span of two hours the one thousand became one — a singular luminous organism. Through dance, laughter and sheer joy, former strangers turned into friends, forgetting their differences and embracing the power of creativity.
Shoreline Project is a living, breathing creative experience existing at the intersection of art, nature, and community. Capturing and then projecting the work in action, helps us reconsider public space as a canvas for collective art.
Laguna Art Museum: Malcolm Warner, Executive Director
City of Laguna Beach: Sian Poeschl and Sherri Aubin
City of Laguna Beach Police Department
PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEOGRAPHY:
Enrique Del Rivero
The Assembly Dance: Choreographer, Lara Wilson
CARLON: Choreographer, Jay Carlon
Chapman University Dance: Julianne O’Brien
Orange Coast College Dance: Shana Menaker
Laguna High School Dance: Estee Fratzke
Dance Works Dance Studio: Rebecca Bush
Molly Flynn Movement Collective: Molly Flynn
Cellist: Ross Gasworth
Laguna Drum Circle: Billy Fried
DISTRIBUTION OF UMBRELLAS:
Laguna College of Art and Design: Art Students, Julian Velarde, Jonathan Burke, and Brian Heggie
Orange Coast College: Art Students and Leland Paxton
Scripps College: Art Students and Alumni
SCAPE Gallery: Jeannie Denholm, Kathleen Updyke Brown, and Vivian Browne
PRODUCTION OF UMBRELLAS:
Smithsonian Art and Research Fellowship
Specialz: Dave Smith
Logotek: Phil Page
Sherman Gardens Library: Paul Wormser
Laguna Historical Society