The Garden Project is a multi media installation exploring urban ecosystems and greenspace. The Garden Project includes video, audio, paintings, prints, and sculpture.
At a residence in south Minneapolis, The Environmental Protection Agency tested our soil and discovered unacceptable levels of arsenic due to pollution from a 1950s pesticide manufacturer. The soil was removed to a depth of 18 inches, and replaced by clean soil. This project documents the process of removing and replacing the soil. It documents the destroyed ecosystem with plant samples, paintings and prints made from impressions of plants. Several raised rings of stone in the new space are sown with seeds from the destroyed ecosystem. Two apple trees, having survived the soil removal, are the site for bird feeders made of porcelain. The bird feeders hanging from the trees are shaped like a human head and birds eat from the mouth. This concept developed into the human head bird feeder mask, which is worn while birds feed from the mask. During the winter months the garden area was transformed. Each garden ring of stones becomes an igloo. Three igloos are used to record musicians and are infused with collected seeds to become part of the garden in the spring.
The Garden Project exhibition includes these artifacts:
Plant samples from destroyed ecosystem.
Paintings made from plant samples
Prints made from plant sample paintings
Audio (improvised music) recorded in the garden
Hand built porcelain 'Human Head Bird Feeders'
'Human Head Bird Feeder MASK' with specially designed and silk-screened apple tree camouflage garments.