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St. Sebastian @ Sound Pedro

By | June 2nd, 2018|

HAAT 2018

By | May 27th, 2018|

Getty Center on the Hill

By | March 10th, 2018|


Year of the Dog

By | February 18th, 2018|


2017 Dia de los Muertos altar

By | October 28th, 2017|

Last year at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Dia de los Muertos festival, painting skeletons and skulls and warm loving goodbyes to friends and family on a big fabric altar #86. This year in honor of the theme of printmaker artist Jose Posada, we built a stuctured Catrina doll figure in front of our fabric altar, so [...]

Sound Pedro 2017

By | June 3rd, 2017|

In June, Urban Crop Circle created a book-scroll in conjunction with sound artists The Dirty Chaps, at 2017 sound art festival Sound Pedro, held at Angel's Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. Working on the scroll into the night, pages were initially etched with 5 music staff lines, surrounded by lights, lined with rocks, and [...]

We Watch and We Vote

By | March 10th, 2017|

Developed a web site promoting political collaborative efforts: WeWatchandWeVote.com  

Art Basil LA

By | December 2nd, 2016|

Urban Crop Circle sponsored the Salon du Urban Crop Circle, a very small public painting project at Art Basil LA 2016, hosted by Mr. let's Paint, John Kilduff, in his backyard (article on Art and Cake blog here ) [most photos below by Kristine Schomaker from Art and Cake ]  

Art Book Abandonment

By | November 26th, 2016|

Abandoning a treasure trove of art books, across Los Angeles. 25 books and continuing. In conjunction with the Art Abandonment project and Flood the Streets with Art day.

2016 Dia de los Muertos altar

By | October 29th, 2016|

At Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Dia de los Muertos festival, painting skeletons and skulls and warm loving goodbyes to friends and family on a big fabric altar #86. 9 coordinating artists (MargaretK, BeatrixZ, GlenyS, MarquitaT, AnnZ and DanZ and MargaretZ, DougB, JohnM), with approx. 2000 collaborating public art-makers and celebrants. Margaret Kruszewska's photo gallery: [...]

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

By | September 10th, 2016|

Collaborative painting in Marietta Ohio during their annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. Prepped the length of paper scroll to with blue/green watercolor and we painted a river together! Scroll rolls up and lives inside a collaged box.... These painting projects take a life of their own: the end-products look crazed and unruly, elbows are thrown, [...]

Mixed/Remixed Festival 2016

By | June 10th, 2016|

A big book painted at the July 2016 Mixed/Remixed festival, held at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA! The folded scroll inside was gold-on-black at one end, blending to black-on-white on the other end. Mixed and Remixed! 2 coordinators and approx. 25 artist collaborators. Book cover by Wallis Bland and Ann Zumwinkle.   [...]

HAAT High School 2016

By | May 28th, 2016|

May 2016, the Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology at Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles again asked us to coordinate their open house public painting event. We created a big book, and folded their collaborative mural from 2014 into pages. 100 collaborators enhanced the original work with gold and black paint! 2 coordinating artists (AnnZ [...]

The Dublin Lamp

By | March 22nd, 2016|

March 2016: We pulled out our sumi ink and brushes and painted this washi paper lamp in Dublin Ireland....

Hollywood Forever’s Dia de los Muertos 2015

By | October 24th, 2015|

Oct 24, 2015 -  Saturday 12noon to 12midnight Come and be a dead person in our awesome yarn coffin, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Dia de los Muertos festival, tomorrow Saturday! We'll be at Altar space #86 noon to midnight, painting together to honor our family and friends' passings this year.... We lay out many tables [...]

Altadena Best Fest

By | October 3rd, 2015|

Big Book Painting Fun on a beautifully sunny day in Altadena for their Best Fest.... 2 artist coordinators; 202 collaborative artists! 40 feet of folded pages on one long scroll. In partnership with Sharon Ward, Altadena Best Fest, and the Altadena Public Library, who kindly put the book on display after the event. And in [...]

Sunday Streets SF

By | August 16th, 2015|

For San Francisco's Sunday Streets program, tacked drawing paper down onto the asphalt of the Tenderloin District, and painted a vibrant portrait of the town with approx. 70 kids and families and local shopkeepers! Thanks Sunday Streets SF, and JaneB and MargaretZ!

Oakland Scrolls

By | August 14th, 2015|

We joined the Oakland Museum of California Art for their Friday Nights event, only we neglected to tell them, so they kicked us out. We moved half a block down the street and painted with tons of folks on 2 Japanese scrolls. 7 coordinating artists  (Margaret, Ann, Jane, Dan, Adelle, Emily, Zak), 2 unhappy Security [...]

Vivid Sydney Australia

By | May 24th, 2015|

Painted on 3 bright Japanese Washi paper lamps at the 2015 Vivid Sydney Festival in Sydney Australia; we were right near the ferry docks and got lots of attention! Thanks much to SueK, AureliaK, WallisB, DougB, SteveK and JoshuaK for setup, breakdown, and coordination help.

HAAT 2015

By | May 19th, 2015|

The Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology at Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles again requested we coordinate a public painting event at the school's open house. 2 coordinating artists (YoungS and JohnM). 80-100 collaborative artists. 2 feet x 17 feet scroll of drawing paper.

Auckland Art Gallery’s Billy Apple Show

By | May 18th, 2015|

Guerilla-attempt at joining Billy Apple mega-exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in New Zealand. Was assigned a spot in the Cafe... with very little pass-through traffic. 7 artist collaborators, 1 agreeable cafe manager, 1 disagreeable cafe assistant manager. Thanks to Doug and Wallis and Matthew Laurenson for setup and breakdown!

Christchurch, NZ

By | May 15th, 2015|

  Christchurch NZ, hard hit by two earthquakes 2010 and 2011. Their center of town is completely destroyed and there's tons of new building and renovation development projects, huge cranes, empty buildings, temporary structures, and stark, empty lots, all throughout downtown. This is what LA will look like after our earthquake. Interspersed throughout [...]

Artizen Sheet Music with the Music Center

By | March 28th, 2015|

Three coordinating artists (JohnM, YoungS, AnnZ) worked closely with the Music Center Education Department in LA, to present an experiental event for their 2015 Downtown BookFest, held in Grand Park. Long scroll of pages folded our of a big book; scroll had 5 undulating music score lines that impacted painting. An intersection between the Music [...]

From Her @ Pico House

By | March 5th, 2015|

An installation of a large tree painting for the "From Her" group show; public collaborators paint with branches and rip the paper and paste it onto the root system below. Initial artist coordinators: Young Summers and Ann Zumwinkle. More photos of this event here. In collaboration with Pico House,El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. [...]

Short and Long At Leimert Park

By | December 6th, 2014|

3 Coordinators! 119 Artists! 1 Kitty!

Dia de los Muertos Fabric Altar 2014

By | November 1st, 2014|

Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Dia de los Muertos festival in 2014: 12 hours, over 2000 collaborative artists, 35 brushes and only two broken brushes, at Altar #86! Coordinators and skeleton panel artists: Gleny Schultz, Beatrix Zilanskas, Marquita Takei, Margaret Zumwinkle, John Marchena, Will Jimenez, Doug Bland, Young Summers, Ann Zumwinkle. Check out this event's DAYTIME Flickr [...]

An Altar to the Comfort Women

By | October 28th, 2014|

For the Sacred Memories 2014 group exhibition, an installation of our Comfort Women painting, watched over by Dokkebi monsters painted by the general public at Perform Chinatown. This altar was placed on the wall, and public participants helped paint 2 long "table runner" scrolls, with new monsters and messages for our girl. Thanks to Pat [...]

Straight Line Obstacle Course!

By | October 5th, 2014|

166 participants, drawing lines as straight as they can, on a 50 foot length of blue paper. End result is a river of activity, mirroring the excitement of the motion of bicycles taking over the streets of Los Angeles on CicLAvia Sunday. The obstacles were sometimes rocks, sometimes pieces of candy, and sometimes [...]

Perform Chinatown 2014

By | July 26th, 2014|

On a long scroll of brown kraft paper, Urban Crop Circle [Young Summers, Ann Zumwinkle & team] created individual personal "Dokkaebi" goblins, painting jointly with festival attendees, who then wore their own Dokkaebi scrolls on their backs, protecting them from all evil. Each scroll painting got an exhibition label on verso, with a little red dot [...]

Artists’ Books and Cookies

By | June 28th, 2014|

The LA Times Festival of Books @ USC book was displayed at the Artists' Books and Cookies group show, held at Ooga Twooga gallery in East Downtown LA.  (It sat on the fragile books table.)

UCC Postcards

By | June 15th, 2014|

Made some postcard sets for an Indie-Go-Go event fundraiser!

HAAT 2014

By | May 15th, 2014|

The Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology at Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles asked us to coordinate a public painting event at the school's open house. 2 coordinating artists (AnnZ and YoungS). Approx. 50 collaborative artists. 2 feet x 17 feet scroll of drawing paper.

POSTER ROAST: Robbie Conal Posters

By | May 15th, 2014|

[ May 12 to 27, 2014 ] Opening (surprise) event: Thursday May 15, 6pm-9pm Michael Dooley's review/interview of the Poster Roast show in Print Magazine blog. Images of Exhibition Opening by Jeff Tsuji Once upon a time in the fairly recent future, the seminal street poster artist Robbie Conal decided to leave the warmth of [...]

LA Times’ Festival of Books at USC

By | April 22nd, 2014|

Collaborative Sumi Ink painting! On a warm April weekend, 2,900 attendees jointly painted on a long 110' accordioned scroll that was pulled out of a book-shaped box. Incredible amounts of layered over-painting and creative alterations over those 2 days (15 hrs)..... some visitors stayed for [...]

CicLAvia Bike Path (Wilshire and Western)

By | April 21st, 2014|

Still working with Sumi Ink Club's basic concept of a single medium (sumi ink) and one single sheet of community paper/canvas ,initially adding bike tire marks to huge scroll at Wilshire and Western during CicLAvia day!

Bike Art Show @ Dairy Arts Center in Boulder

By | January 17th, 2014|

[ December 5 2013 - January 17 2014 ] Our collaboratively-painted scroll from the recent CicLAvia event went on display at a Bike Art group exhibition, and won an Honorable Mention for Community Projects. Presented by the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder Colorado. Flickr photos of the Bike Art exhibition here. Scroll paper: 30" x 35' [...]

Sumi Ink Club at CicLAvia (Little Tokyo)

By | October 6th, 2013|

The Big Draw LA @ CicLAvia w/the Sumi Ink Club (Young Summers & Ann Zumwinkle) On October 6, 2013 during the City of Los Angeles' recent CicLAvia biking event over 280 participants jumped off their bikes picked up a brush and jointly added their thoughts, doodles, and brushstrokes in black sumi ink to a long [...]

Soundwalk 2013

By | October 5th, 2013|

An interactive projection for The Dirty Chaps at SoundWalk 2013 in Long Beach. Artwork by Young Summers, animation by Ann Zumwinkle. Silhouettes of swimming fish during presentation provided by kids willing to run between the projector and screen. Collaborative music by visitors willing to experiment with iPad Kaossilator and other music apps, in conjunction with [...]

Comfort Women installation

By | September 21st, 2013|

Political Installation in a downtown Long Beach window, in partnership with the Long Beach Arts Association A painting on 4 scrolls by Young Summers and Ann Zumwinkle. During exhibit period, window broken at night; unsure if due to nature of political statement. This statement accompanied installation: “Comfort Women” is a euphemism for the 100,000 to [...]

CicLAvia (at Wilshire and Western)

By | June 21st, 2013|

Across the street from the Wiltern, at CicLAvia. Thanks to SheilaO, JoeJ, ShaneS, MarkP and LaurenP for coming and posing, along with other biking strangers who stopped by....

Flo’s 90th

By | June 21st, 2013|

Mulholland “Derive” (LA Road Concerts)

By | December 9th, 2012|

Painting portraits with the general public, up on Mulholland Drive for the with Stephan Van Dyck's Mulholland "Derive" LA Road Concert (until we were kicked out by the National Park Service, durn!). Young Summers and Ann Zumwinkle were primary artists, and collaborators on our Overlook stop included the legendary Sheree Rose, the Dirty Chaps, DumDumZine [...]

Scroll of Students

By | November 21st, 2012|

A painted scroll of students from West LA College

Interactive GoldBug for SoundWalk 2012

By | October 21st, 2012|

Visual interactive projection for The Dirty Chaps at Soundwalk 2012 in Long Beach, involving gold and bugs and goldbugs. Includes an embedded poem, The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service, in its entirety. Audience/visitors can click on animation or improvise along with The Dirty Chaps. Thank you to Marco of FLOOD, and DougB [...]