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Do New Yorkers really go visit this "artwork"?

 
 
DrewDad
 
Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 08:52 am
Walter De Maria: The New York Earth Room

http://www.diaart.org/media/transfer/img/demaria_earthroom.jpg

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An interior earth sculpture.
250 cubic yards of earth (197 cubic meters)
3,600 square feet of floor space (335 square meters)
22 inch depth of material (56 centimeters)
Total weight of sculpture: 280,000 lbs. (127,300 kilos)

The New York Earth Room, 1977, is the third Earth Room sculpture executed by the artist, the first being in Munich, Germany in 1968. The second was installed at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany in 1974. The first two works no longer exist.

The New York Earth Room has been on long-term view to the public since 1980. This work was commissioned and is maintained by Dia Art Foundation.


Seriously? They commissioned a pile of dirt?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 08:58 am
@DrewDad,
I thought that was only a temporary thing when I heard about in in an art documentary. Or was it my contemporary art history class I attend in summer at Framingham State College?

Okay for the lark of it. I'll go this week after work. Then I'll report back to you.

You'd think they'd at least grow something in the work ... a vegetable garden or a bed of flowers or at least crab grass.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 09:45 am
@DrewDad,
I suspect Frankie's been there. Just his kinda installation.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 12:16 pm
Seen some Maria's works at various documentas (or perhaps it was just one and the other artwork looked similar to his?) ... back in the 60's/70's when I liked those installation art - especially, when you could move/turn it, switch electricity on etc - as a toy.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 12:30 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
He's famous to me for The Lightening Field in western New Mexico - but I haven't seen it myself.

http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/lightningfield

http://c4gallery.com/artist/alan_storey/de_maria_lightning_field.jpg
(http://c4gallery.com/artist/alan_storey/de_maria_lightning_field.jpg)
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 03:34 pm
@DrewDad,
Ive never even heqrd of him. Thats a big load off my mind . BTW, its "Soil" not "dirt"
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:05 pm
@farmerman,
What crop would be the best crop to grow inside to take advantage of the 'soil'?
Razz
boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 07:16 pm
@farmerman,
It isn't simply "soil", it's "earth".
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 07:27 pm
@tsarstepan,
ID say mushrooms.
Boomer -SOil is a matrix "earth " to me, is a planet. Wink
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 08:02 pm
@DrewDad,
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250 cubic yards of earth (197 cubic meters)


The New York Earth Room has been on long-term view to the public since 1980. This work was commissioned and is maintained by Dia Art Foundation.



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I guess they've got 250 cubic yards worth of the planet on display.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jul, 2010 04:21 pm
Tsar: bring in a couple of poppyseed bagels and when nobody is looking.......

Joe(poppies, lovely poppies......)Nation
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