The community is invited to join in the Compassion Corner Earthbench building work party on Sunday, April 28, at Third and C streets in downtown Davis. The work party runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break at 12:30 p.m. for lunch.
The Earthbench, approved by the Davis City Council last month, will be a functional piece of public art permanently installed at “Compassion Corner.” The project grows out of the efforts of David H. Breaux, who, since June 2009, has stood on the corner of Third and C streets inviting people to write their ideas about compassion in a notebook.
The Earthbench is the vision of Brennan Blazer Bird, founder of the “Peace on Earthbench Movement.” The interior comprises “bottle bricks” — 20-ounce plastic bottles densely packed with inorganic waste. The public is encouraged to make a bottle brick and submit it for use inside the bench. Instructions are found at the Compassion Corner website: http://groups.dcn.org/compassioncorner. Bricks may be dropped off at the corner through Saturday, April 27.
The exterior of the bench is made of cob (an all-natural mixture of clay, sand, straw and water) and decorated with ceramic tiles. Local ceramic mosaic artist Mark Rivera is overseeing the placement of dozens of local-volunteer-created tiles to complete the design.
Interested volunteer builders should sign up for a one-hour shift at http://groups.dcn.org/compassioncorner, or just show up ready to work. No experience is necessary. All tools and supplies will be provided, but bring water to drink and clothes that can get dirty. The street will be blocked off for the safety of all participants.
Music by Tha Dirt Feelin’, a local rock/soul/hiphop group, will be provided in the afternoon.
Information about the Compassion Corner project, the artists and Breaux can be found at http://groups.dcn.org/compassioncorner. Information about the Earthbench movement as well as instructions for making bottle bricks is at http://www.earthbench.org.