Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: Daniel Tran of Growetry

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Dan Tran is an artist trained as an architect and ecological horticulturalist. He makes art with irrigation tubing repurposed from greywater irrigation systems he installs and remnant plastics from water-saving fittings he fabricates. Tran is motivated to make water efficiency and ecology more accessible to everyone. In the tradition of street art, his sculptures become accessible beyond architecture, gallery, and garden to people on all walks of life, all times of day.

While the work is an ongoing means to confront and cope with climate change and drought, individual pieces also rely on their own geometry and placement to be repurposed by each viewer’s own context and experience – just as he has done with the raw materials. His work can be found hanging throughout Sacramento, including McKinley Park Public Library, Fremont Park, Oak Park Farmers Market, Crest Theatre, R Street Corridor, HackerLab, The Shop @ VSP Global, and at

About Curtis Fest

Curtis Fest returns to William Curtis Park on Sunday, Aug. 27. More than 60 artisans are expected to show their work at the 11th annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park under the beautiful tree canopy. Curtis Fest has become a Sacramento favorite, and many premier artists have joined the lineup this year.

This free, public event includes food from award winning chef Keith Breedlove of the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck along with delicious street tacos from the Turnt Up food truck. John Merriman, Dianna and the Cherry Kings and the Ranell Carpenter Band will perform.

An expanded petting zoo returns this year as well as the climbing station, and the children’s fairy. Curtis Fest will be followed by Music in the Park from 6-8 p.m.

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