The workshops had in itself involve 20 selected participants to rigorously attend the four-part series. These participants were selected through a call-for-participation announcement through social network sites and the gallery’s website. 20 out of 50 were selected in the manner of having equal representation from the high school sector, college, architecture, design, and artist participants. Each of them were interviewed by Mary Mattingly in order to have an early exchange of ideas prior starting the workshop. The first day of the workshop comprised of purely educational talks from key experts in three separate topics: 1. Climate Change (non-government) 2. Portable Architecture (professional architect) 3. Disaster Risk Management (government). The workshop following the talks were focused on pattern making, designing, building.
The last day was a street intervention connecting the 20 different components to form one sphere – travelling from the gallery to the local High School in the same location. The sphere was left in the High School for 24 hours to engage with the students, the next day a Q&A and public presentation with the artist and students of the local High School. After the 4-part workshop series, the participants were encouraged to still visit the workshop space on a regular basis to work on their own designs at their own time until the climax of the project which is the Cumulative exhibition of the participants works.
The exhibition at green papaya was held on Wednesday October 25, 2012 where the individual designs of the works of the participants were shown, photos of the process of Mary Mattingly’s project were mounted, as well as film clips as documentation of the project. The sphere was also put inside the gallery where children and adults playfully climbed and engaged with during the duration of the exhibition.
Green Papaya Art Projects in itself is the longest running non-profit independent art space in Manila. For the project, Green Papaya put together a smARTpower Manila team to run the program. Green Papaya has been a contemporary art platform for cross-practices in contemporary art with unrestricted framework. For the past 10 years, Green Papaya is known to uphold artists’ positions and interests by providing the most conducive and challenging conditions for both production and presentation of their works. It's programming attempts to be a crucial link between the platform and the community, between the mainstream art practice and the independent surge of experimentations, and between the traditional institutions and artist-run initiatives.