Photo story: Ground Cover Art Project

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Early Friday morning, volunteers gather to lay their blankets across a tarp to create the image of a desert flower for the Ground Cover Public Art Project, which will donate 300 blankets to the homeless for the winter.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Before the image is translated, everyone gathers to receive direction from the organizer of the project, Ann Morton.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Each blanket is composed of 28 10-inch-by-10-inch squares. The squares have designated colors that act as pixels in the overall image.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Teams of mostly two are given a row of 15 blankets to lay out. They follow the grid and place the 40-inch by 70-inch blankets in their appropriate places.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Without every blanket, there would be an empty spot in the Covering Ground Public Art Project, which symbolizes how each blanket will make a difference in the big picture.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Nancy Snyder points to the project’s layout to make certain that the blankets have been set up correctly in her row.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

A hammer and spike are used to secure each blanket into its rightful place in the grid, solidifying its spot.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

To ensure that there are no empty spots between blankets, volunteers work as a team to stretch and attach each blanket to the neighboring one.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Candace Wilkinson uses safety pins to attach the blankets to one another.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

After being in the sun all morning, volunteers lie down and admire their work. They choose to pose together for the time-lapse video above them.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Kicking off Saturday’s open viewing, Mayor Greg Stanton gives his dedication to Morton and the project’s purpose.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Councilman Michael Nowakowski gives his thanks to Morton and all of the hard work she put into the Ground Cover Public Art Project.

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)
(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Morton said she has been impacted by the overwhelming amount of help she has received from strangers to make the Ground Cover Public Arts Project possible. She is nearly moved to tears in the middle of her speech.

Contact the photographer at courtney.pedroza@gmail.com