S.A.D. Park

Houseguest Public Art Residency
Pioneer Courthouse Square
November 18–20 2016

S.A.D. Park is the world’s first park created for people with seasonal affective disorder to relieve their suffering and publicly recognize their common struggles. Located in Portland Oregon, in the heart of the notoriously grey and rainy Pacific Northwest, S.A.D Park is designed to ease one of the most prevalent mood disorders in our society.

In 21st century United States mental health disorders are being diagnosed at increasing rates and are known to be a public health crisis, and yet we primarily expect people to bear and treat these illnesses privately. This park reestablishes the social and civic function of public spaces by transforming a center city park into a site that mitigates this epidemic public health issue in a supportive, fun, de-stigmatizing collective atmosphere.

S.A.D. Park features healing levels of bright lighting, botanical landscape design, sculptural features, sound-scapes and aromatherapy to address and alleviate S.A.D. symptoms through multiple modalities simultaneously. The park will also offer group classes and activities to support people learning ways to live with and overcome their mood disorders.

S.A.D. Park is conceived by artists Ralph Pugay and Ariana Jacob. Ralph Pugay paints absurd situational narratives that collapse tangential ideas in unexpected ways, drawing from the complexity of our collective lived experience. Ariana Jacob’s background is in socially engaged public conversation projects. Over the last year her research has focused on the intersection of politics and emotions. Both artists hope to manifest SAD Park as an experiential model for how to reorient our culture away from privatized suffering and towards public, collective solutions.

 

Artist Talk: Ralph Pugay and Ariana Jacob on SAD Park

Wednesday, January 25 @ 7:00pm

Likewise Bar, 3564 SE Hawthorne Ave

Houseguest Artists in Residence Ralph Pugay and Ariana Jacob will speak about their recent project S.A.D. Park, which was installed at Pioneer Courthouse Square November 18-20, 2016. 

Pugay and Jacob will also speak on their experience as our third Houseguest artists in residence, by describing the context of their work on Pioneer Courthouse Square in terms of space, audience, and public art.


Friday November 18
4:30–9:00PM

4:30PM Sunrise

7:00-8:00PM Life Coach by Andrew Dickson

9:00PM Sunset

 

Saturday November 19
9:00AM–9:00PM

9:00AM Sunrise

10:00-11:00AM Yoga with Rachel Hines

2:00-3:00PM Dance/Aerobics Class with Allie Hankins

5:00-6:00PM Meditation Session with Renee Sills

7:00-8:00PM Public Feelings Gathering

9:00 Sunset

 

Sunday November 20
9:00AM–4:30PM

9:00AM Sunrise

11:00AM-12:00PM Tai Chi with Portland Taoist Tai Chi Society

12:00-1:00PM Nutrition Talk by Dr. General Johnson

2:00-4:00PM Puppy Playtime with Puplandia

4:00-4:30 Closing Ceremony & free S.A.D. light-bulbs giveaway.

Poster & Banner design by Lori Gilbert
Park Ranger Outfits by Sandy Sampson
Plant design by Plant Daddy
Fountain by Morgan Ritter
Guided Meditation by Seth Dreilinger
Herbal Tea by PlantSpeak Herbals
Lights by Hollywood Lights


About the artists

Ralph Pugay paints absurd situational narratives that collapse tangential ideas in unexpected ways, drawing from the complexity of our collective lived experience. Ariana Jacob’s background is in socially engaged public conversation projects. Over the last year her research has focused on the intersection of politics and emotions and how people experience societal conditions in personal and emotional ways. Both artists hope to manifest S.A.D. Park as an experiential model for how to reorient our culture away from privatized suffering and towards public, collective solutions.