Jane Tsong works in the intersection of landscape, art, and quotidian space. Her proposals for radical gardens, each growing out of extensive research into local cultural history, have been finalists for public art commissions in Astoria, Oregon and the City of Ventura.

Since 2004, she has been creating blessings for the water, air, and biosolids to be treated by the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle, which will open in 2011, and will include two blessings written by poet Judith Roche.

A 2006 proposal to substitute community garden plots for the institutionally maintained landscaping around a new South Los Angeles Council District Office was recommended for a commission, but vetoed by the city.

She is currently working through Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to design a public artwork for a swimming pool renovation in Reseda.

Recent Shows and Projects

Domus publishes images of WaterLAB, a project for the Steven Kanner Education Center at the Architecture and Design Museum, by Leigh Jerrard and Jane Tsong

Opening night at A+D and adventures in collecting water in preparation for WaterLAB, a project for the Steven Kanner Education Center at the Architecture and Design Museum, by Leigh Jerrard and Jane Tsong

Circle of Blue reports on Brightwater

Brightwater at the AIA Seattle Design Festival

Public Art 4Culture: Brightwater Art & Utility

These photos on Mithun's website beautifully convey the essence of this large scale engineering project

1/4 of the wastewater of metropolitan Seattle will be blessed before returning to Puget Sound. Public Art 4Culture reports on the installation of the water blessings at Brightwater

A site-specific installation of The Los Angeles Water Cycle represents An Atlas of Radical Cartography at Campo y Ciudad, curated by Emiliano Valdes at the Centro Cultural de Espana/Guatemala, 2010

Water, CA, an online collection of essays and art projects edited by Nicole Antebi and Enid Baxter Blader, 2010

Owen Driggs capsule and photos from Performing Public Space at the Casa del Tunel in Tijuana, 2010

Planting poppies on York Boulevard, in the trailer for the Miroslav Mandic film about Johnny Appleseed, Searching for Johnny, which has shown at film festivals in Sarajevo and Athens

An Atlas of Radical Cartography edited by Lize Mogel and Alex Bhaghat is in its third printing and soon to be released in Spanish translation

Poppies in public space...

The catalog for Off the Map, curated by Jill Hardy, at the Kirkland Arts Center, 2010


Martin Patrick, "Performative tactics and the choreographic reinvention of public space" in Art & the Public Sphere, 2011.

Blog 90042 mentions Creek Freak and my research into the streams of Northeast Los Angeles, 2010

Jocelyn Chui reports on my visit to Colin Lingle's communications class at University of Washington, 2009

Peter Frank ties together street art and high art in Angeleno Interiors, Fall 2008.

Margaret Arnold, the Arroyo Seco Journal, July 2008.

Linda Immediato, Angeleno, January 2009.

Michele Roohani records a planting in the Shakespeare garden during her visit to the Huntington, 2008

I'm one of the first 150 artists represented online on Artasiamerica, a historical archive curated by the Asian American Arts Centre in NYC

A mention by Greensward Civitas, an excellent blog on urban planning issues by L Barlow, 2009

My map of LA water cycle is discussed by Doug Hennings of Behind the News and Lize Mogel on WBAI January 10 2008 (starts midway through the clip)

Farmlab Salon with Jane Tsong and curator Donna Conwell, 2008

LA Times article on The Rock as Art project, 2004

Mandarina Duck's writeup, 2000.

Local History, Local Water

Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society

LA Creek Freak

90042, mentions my guest post on Creek Freak

Historical ecology of the San Gabriel River and Floodplain

Plant list for Northeast Los Angeles

Tim Brick's water history focussing on the Pasadena area

Subscribe to local water: from the Arroyo Seco watershed (filtered and bottled)!

A bike highway used to connect downtown LA and Pasadena via the Arroyo Seco. Read more at:

California Cycleways

Cycleway Coffee shop