This summer I had the opportunity to show a kinetic piece, Swept, from May to September. A key component to the work was sod grass that starts out alive and would die over a two-week period. Negotiating the length of the show while keeping the work active provided some good problems to solve.
With the help of the institution I replaced the grass every few weeks. Interns graciously watered the grass. In tandem with a mission of the show visitors would see the work different each time they came.
An unexpected outcome of the show was the heaviness of the sod, the difficulty in transportation and yet there is an abundant amount of it. It got me to thinking about the energy and resources involved in planting a field, yard or even a golf coarse. All of that money, time and resources spent on replacing grass with "prettier" grass. Not to mention that new grass requires more maintanence. It's a sick cycle.
Even though my process contributes to the consumption of sod. Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing to teach others how to do the right.