Saturday, March 30, 2013

Agnes Denes's Wheat Field

Agnes Denes planted a Wheat Field in Manhattan's Battery Park landfill

"After months of preparations, in May 1982, a 2-acre wheat field was planted on a landfill in lower Manhattan, two blocks from Wall Street and the World Trade Center, facing the Statue of Liberty.

Planting and harvesting a field of wheat on land worth $4.5 billion created a powerful paradox. Wheatfield was a symbol, a universal concept; it represented food, energy, commerce, world
 trade, and economics. It referred to mismanagement, waste, world hunger and ecological 
concerns. It called attention to our misplaced priorities. The harvested grain traveled to 
twenty-eight cities around the world in an exhibition called "The International Art Show for
 the End of World Hunger", organized by the Minnesota Museum of Art (1987-90). The seeds
 were carried away by people who planted them in many parts of the globe."

1 comment:

  1. This is so interesting!!! I have never heard of anything like it- Is it still there? No, right?