On Saturday, breathtaking views won’t be the only thing visitors to Cabrillo National Monument will be taking in. From 4 to 11 p.m., A Ship in the Woods, the nonprofit arts and culture organization known for hosting experimental exhibitions in domestic and other non-traditional settings, will fill the park with site-specific artworks, installations and music.
Cabrillo has had a solid artist-in-residence program since 2011, but park ranger Tavio Del Rio said with the National Park Service’s centennial approaching next year, every park in the system has been challenged by higher-ups to reach younger visitors and make national parks and monuments more relevant to the communities they’re in over the next 100 years.
“Washington has really challenged the parks to really kind of reinvent ourselves,” Del Rio said. “‘Convergence’ is a great example of that. … We’re starting our efforts off with a big bang.”
A Ship in the Woods curator Lianne Mueller has been piecing the project together for months. She started small, but the vastness of Cabrillo National Monument led her to reach out to include well-known artists from across the nation.
“It’s a project I thought every artist would be excited about,” she said. “It’s a unique opportunity to interact with such a prominent and beautiful place in San Diego.”