The past couple of weeks I've had the honor of constructing an installation at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), a landscape of restored prairie owned by Grinnell College. Very little of CERA is virgin prairie; while researchers have been working tirelessly since the 1960s to foster something similar to the intricate grassland ecosystem that existed before its conversion into intensive agriculture, most of the land is still negatively affected by the industrial monoculture which previously occupied it. In my investigation, I've decided to visualize the human impact on American prairies by speculating on and building the architecture that could hypothetically be produced by whatever form of life succeeds us in this altered environment.
The site: structures will probably rise out of the marsh to the right, the far west end of Perry Pond.
Some rough concepts of the structures to be built. Kind of a cross between termite mounds, flamingo mounds, and neolithic huts!
Moving big rocks!
Making tiny bricks!
Finally, a quick installation of the Hominids at the new Make//Shift space in town. Thanks for the install help Cal Froikin. More updates to come on a more regular schedule, see you Monday!