CAR PLANTER Art Prize 2010
Grand Rapids, MI
Building on the history of plant/land art, CAR PLANTER is a new interpretation of these concepts in the combination of a constructed landscape and plant art sculpture into a living image that will change over time.
My artwork over the last few years has focused on the automobile as signifier of cultural values and ideals, as well as its presence in the world as a valid design object. CAR PLANTER addresses the relationship of the car to the environment as inseparable components of our daily existence.
The installation of this topical car planter on the incline in Heartside park, downtown Grand Rapids, was approximately 15 feet in length, and could be viewed from both the walkways and playing area of the park. I worked with a small team of landscapers to imbed almost one thousand individual perennial plants to create an engaging and convincing automobile silhouette, based on a Chevrolet Caprice Classic, which was assembled in the region during the 1980’s.
The purpose of this typographical installation is that it becomes part of the park environment and changes in color and form throughout different seasons of the year. Over longer periods of time, the CAR PLANTER will become fertilized with other airborne seeds, visually documenting the passage of time in the natural world.