Projects

Manzanita

Gathering

Place

 

2013

Pomegranate Project Partners:

ARTS/A Reason to Survive, San Diego Foundation

 

Design Team: Brennan Hubbell, Ilisa Goldman, Vicki Leon, Milenko Matanovic (Mentor)

 

City Heights transformed a dilapidated and dangerous city lot into a beautiful, artistic gathering space. The Pomegranate process uses a collaborative effort between community organizers, government, artists and community members to make neighborhoods more livable, safe and socially engaged.

 

What's so amazing about the Pomagranate Process is how it brings community together, from government bodies, to artists, to kids in the neighborhood, to make something real and physical happen in such a short period of time. The physical space is transformed and so is our thinking about how things get done. 

 

2015: this project received a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

Before Manzanita Gathering Place
Before Manzanita Gathering Place

The creation of Manzanita Gathering Place transformed a dangerous and unsightly area into a safe, beautiful gathering place.

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Sandblasting tiles
Sandblasting tiles

Early Success: The artist developed a curriculum that involved having community members create designs which they then sandblasted onto tiles.

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Community designed tiles
Community designed tiles

Community members were given the opportunity to make a design for a tile that was then sandblasted into the tile and incorporated into the mosaic designs on the columns.

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Community members participated
Community members participated

Many members of the surrounding communities participated in creating approximately 1,500 square feet of mosaic art for the columns.

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Grouting the mosaics
Grouting the mosaics

Many hands make light work. Neighbors spending time together while learning and growing.

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"Water" column
"Water" column

The four main columns are based on the theme of earth, air, fire and water, and also represent the intersection of the four adjoining neighborhoods.

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Entry Kiosk
Entry Kiosk

The entry column incorporates tiles sandblasted with the names of all participants, donors and supporters of the Manzanita Gathering Place project.

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Manzanita Gathering Place
Manzanita Gathering Place

A miraculous transformation ocurred in three days with over one hundred people working together.

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Sunset at MGP
Sunset at MGP

Previously hidden behind barbed wire, we never even realized what a great sunset perch the gathering place would end up being.

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