Making Earth, 1970

Gathering earth and watering

Gathering earth and watering

Breaking and mixing earth

Breaking and mixing earth

After understanding that topsoil was endangered world-wide, we made earth many times. The first was sand, clay, sewage sludge, leaf material, and chicken, cow and horse manure. These elements were gathered, mixed, watered, mixed again and again over a 4 month period until it had a rich, forest-floor smell and could be tasted. The largest making of earth was ArtPark in 1977. The smallest making of earth was in the exhibition, “Revered Earth.” Later works looked to the well-being of existing earth.

Turning Earth

Turning Earth

Tasting and smelling earth

Tasting and smelling earth

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