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