Led by Frank Traynor, this workshop will mark the official opening of the Topiary Poems. Native plants will be manicured to spell out short poems in a modified style borrowed from resort and commercial topiary signage. These sculptures will be accessible for visitors to consider befor taking a swim, while boating our to Biscayne Bay, or picknicking by the beach. This event will feature workshops with poems carved into aloe, poems written about Matheson Hammock, poetry bracelets and homemade aloe refreshments.
Special thanks to Miami-Dade County's Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, as well as Miami-Dade County's Art in Public Places. Miami-Dade County would like to encourage visitors to pen a poem about their experience at Matheson Hammock.
About The Perfect Nothing Catalog
Founded by artist, curator and collector, Frank Traynor, The Perfect Nothing Catalog has always worked to find, create and give exposure to unexpected beauty, overlooked joy, and lost treasure. PNC has produced immersive art environments and experiences through disparate mediums, with the same message- "YES."
In collaboration with artist run space, BFI, and O, Miami, The Perfect Nothing Catalog presents Topiary Poems. Tucked into Miami-Dade parks and neighborhoods, The Perfect Nothing Catalog will curate an experience that combines visual arts, nature and poetry. Plants will be manicured to spell out short poems, in a modified style borrowed from resort and commercial topiary signage. The topiaries will be part of an ongoing research of aesthetics overlaps of art, design, and nature, and will be accessible for visitors to consider before taking a swim or kayaking through mangroves.
Additionally, Perfect Nothing Catalog will offer a series of workshops to teach appreciation for nature, collaboration and creative sourcing of materials. Workshops include aloe poem carvings, art zines made with pressings sourced from nature, gyotaku fish rubbings made into prints, poetry readings over chlorophyll seltzer water, and ocean dips.