Between the Earth and the Sky is a sensory garden art installation created by Charlie Michaels and Anne Mondro in partnership with youth and people living with memory loss. The installation is designed to create unexpected moments of curiosity, heighten the senses, and promote wellbeing. The piece is the outcome of a 12-week intergenerational community program aimed to encourage social interaction, expression, and wonder through art making. Fostering mutual respect and greater compassion, youth and people living with memory loss have been working side-by-side to create the garden using artist-built concrete planters. Fabricated by Michaels and Mondro, the concrete planters are 12" parallelograms. The planters are placed on custom wood tables which are 24" high. The tables interlock together to form an expansive tessellation design for people to explore.
- Art form: Installation
- Depth: 20-26 feet
- Medium: plants, concrete, wood
- Width: 20-26 feet
- Year created: 2018
- Height: 27 inches
About Charlie Michaels and Anne Mondro
Michaels and Mondro are Michigan-based artists that are invested in socially engaged art. They have facilitated and coordinated community art projects in a variety of contexts. A key component of Mondro’s creative practice is working with persons with memory loss, and Michaels has built a social practice around working with youth.