Julia Procter, Fan-Ling Suen and I made the best of it while we represented Arts Umbrella at Granville Island's Culture Days event.
Culture Days is a national not-for-profit founded in 2009 by a consortium of Canadian Arts organizations, including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Banff Centre for the Arts. It's based on Journees de la culture, a weekend of participatory cultural activities organized by Culture pour tous in Quebec since 1997.
Since the rain was so heavy there were few participants out and about, I enrolled Julia and Fan-Ling into helping me put together an installation that I've been thinking about since last summer. I was experimenting with long grasses at the time and found that they lent themselves well to ropes, but I wanted to do something figurative to humanize them, and, I hoped, make them more intriguing and draw people into working with the material. I made this 'green man,' and Sharon Kallis suggested that I ought to do a whole bunch of them and have them marching across the lawn like an army....
Since we were on Granville Island, Fan-Ling and I decided to be pragmatic and only install a few of our straw people right on the lawn, expecting that they would only last a few days before the landscapers needed to remove them; the rest we planted in a herbaceous border along the side where, we hope, they'll last a little longer.