Seventeen Hundred Seeds – Saturday, May 19th
On Saturday, May 19th, we hope you’ll come to the field reception of the public art project Seventeen Hundred Seeds. We are proud of Cynthia Mulcahy (who provides the wonderful local plants in our store) and so many others, for beautifying our neighborhood!
Seventeen Hundred Seeds
When: March 15th – June 30th, 2012
Public picnic reception in the field: Saturday, May 19th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: 715 W. Davis Street, Dallas, Texas 75208
Free to the public! Go here for more images and updated info.
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The public art project Seventeen Hundred Seeds, a collaboration between Robert Hamilton and Cynthia Mulcahy, is a temporary site-specific land art project in an empty 1.6 acre lot in the heart of South Dallas.
It all began on a late Friday afternoon in March with the debris-clearing and mowing of a large, empty field in preparation for a second day of tractor-tilling and prepping of the soil for planting. Finally, in advance of an obliging Texas rainstorm, over seventeen hundred seeds were individually planted by an eight-member crew in a uniform grid pattern. The seeds, all Aztec Gold sunflowers, will grow to heights of five to seven feet with ample eleven-inch flower heads by mid-May.
Located in the busy heart of Oak Cliff off a well-traveled car and pedestrian street, the public art project has been on view since field preparation began March 15th, offering up a daily tableau of the farmer’s life of land tilling and seed planting, weeding and watering, and finally harvesting and sharing.
The activity in the empty lot, a form of artistic intervention or farming as street theater, has drawn many area neighbors, passersby, and local business folk curious about what’s going on in their community. “You don’t often see a tractor tilling soil in the city,” the very first visitor declared. Others have shared their knowledge of the history of the land, even family photographs, or memories of flower gardens in their native Mexico. With our farm crew in the field, laughs and stories have been swapped over as many tacos and beer during weeks of crop cultivation. All are part of the process.
Seventeen Hundred Seeds remains on view to humans, insects and animals through the month of June and is free and open to the public.
Seventeen Hundred Seeds is generously underwritten by Courtney Rainwater. Land provided by Rick Garza, Bishop/Davis LLC. Water provided by Juan Pablo Segura of Familia Auto Sales. Farming consultation provided by Mulcahy Farms. Graphic Design by Lily Smith-Kirkley. Planting blueprint by landscape designer Kelley Murry.