Acts applied mostly for good practical reasons

Place no. 4 – Lethbridge Sewing Center


Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Location: Lethbridge Sewing Center
1256 – 3rd Avenue South
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Duration: September 20 – 26, 2009

Sewing Center-web
Place no.4 before cleaning & gardening - two views

Monday, September 21, 2009 – Clearing away debris

I arrived in the afternoon to start the clearing away of the debris from the plot of land beside the Lethbridge Sewing Center.  The plot measures 22′ (l) x 3′ (w).  The dirt beneath the debris was actually in very good shape, good enough that for the second part of this process (planting hearty, native plants) we did not have to bring in extra earth.  Emily McCormick (SAAG curatorial intern) helped with lugging of the debris to the dumpster as well as taking photos.  The dumpster bin was located way in the back of the property (about 150 feet away from the plot) and involved us returning to it a dozen times to remove all the debris from the plot of land.

The second part of the process involved the help of Loralee Edwards (a guerrilla gardener) and Paul who donated their time and plants from their garden.  The plot was revitalized with the addition of Black-eyed Susans, Hens and chicks, and some Sage.  All are able to withstand the climate conditions and will provide some nice colour to the plot.


Photos: Emily McCormick
Photos: Emily McCormick
Photos: Emily McCormick
Photos: Emily McCormcik
Photos: Emily McCormick
Photos: Emily McCormick

Later that same day, I went to Loralee’s home and she provided me with plants.


We brought back enough plants that will grow and fill the plot. Next year it should look fantastic (not that it doesn’t right now).



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The monument was installed.



Saturday, September 26, 2009

I went to the site to find the monument laying flat with some of th epieces missing and some damaged.  I resurrected the pieces and straightened the ones that were bent and it looks as good as new (?)



August, 2010

The Sewing Center did not take care of the plants so the site looks almost as it did before I started.  Admittedly, there are less bits of refuse and garbage.

Photo: Emily McCormick

Photos: Emily McCormick


  1. Tell us about the “border” you created . . . a TREMENDOUS amount of refuse!

    Comment by Lori Lavallee — September 25, 2009 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

  2. That big yellow button kills me…

    Comment by Loralee — September 25, 2009 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

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