Public Commissions

Stone Paper Scissors integrates community voice and vision into the cultural and physical landscape through art and education.

Some of the conceptual elements that link Stone Paper Scissors projects are, the incorporation of educational components that reveal a sense of history and culture, and an awareness of the context of the site experienced through processes of discovery or exploration. The art encourages an active engagement through interactive components, auditory and kinetic elements, utilizing light and shadow, asking questions, or telling a story in symbols or multiple languages. Each project contains embedded elements, both visual and conceptual, that allow frequent users to discover something new after multiple visits.

5 local projects have received “Orchid” awards from the San Diego Architectural Foundation and an award for planning from the California chapter of the American Planners Association. Get driving directions to these projects at the Art Map.

Grandmother’s Kitchen/Grandfather’s Garden

Grandmother’s Kitchen/Grandfather’s Garden is a digital cookbook, a visual culinary history and a cultural archive of the City Heights neighborhood. The public art project by Lynn Susholtz presents the diverse history of the neighborhood through the shared experiences and culturally specific stories of food. Grandmother’s Kitchen/Grandfather’s Garden is envisioned as a digital visual poem that traces the rich history of immigration to this community. It was commissioned by the City of San Diego with funding from the Niki de Saint Phalle Foundation and installed at the La Maestra Community Health Center in City Heights.

Grandmother’s Kitchen/Grandfather’s Garden is a stand-alone digital sculpture. The installation is a 38” x 31”ft wall sculpture/digital display containing 2 layers of clear acrylic- printed with images, of recipes, plants, names of dishes and an image of the world. It houses 4 video monitors mounted behind the acrylic, embedded in the layers of images. Each monitor has a looping 10 - 15 minute video/slide show mix.  Images include plants and food created by families in City Heights. Dishes include Bahn Xeo, Tamales, Enchiladas, Tostadas, Pupusas, Injera, Yogurt, Cous Cous, Pepian, Kenkey, Zigny, Agua Frescas, Matzo Ball Soup, Caldo de Pollo, Pasteles de Picado, Sambusas, Coffee, Black Eyed Peas, Chile Rellenos, Curries, and more.

Community members are invited to contribute personal drawings, stories and recipes of their favorite meals in journals provided.

La Maestra Community Health Center is an award winning LEED certified health clinic in the heart of the City Heights neighborhood. The mission and vision of La Maestra is to provide quality healthcare and support services to improve the overall well-being of the family, and to bring under-served, ethnically diverse communities into the mainstream of society in a caring and culturally competent manner that respects patients’ dignity. La Maestra Community Health Center serves 90,000 patients annually.

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