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Monsoon Arsenal: Art Garden is an Explosion of Native Plants

Posted By Moe Beitiks On October 6, 2010 @ 3:33 pm In Art,Gardening | No Comments

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This ominous patch of earth may look like a series of hazardous orange cones, but fear not — this bomb went off long ago. It’s a slowly exploding artwork called Monsoon Arsenal, created out of soil and native plant seeds for the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico [2]. Over time this scary-looking formation dissolved into native brush. Read on to discover more about this benignly dangerous artwork.

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Surrounded by a series of bioswales, the installation included four winged saltbush [4], lemonadeberry [5] and soaproot [6] seeds. It was the brainchild of collaborators Nik Bertulis [7], Jacques Abelman [8] and Aysha Massell, who worked together to create the mounds of compost, clay pigments, and future plants. While the explosion might have been messy, we still prefer it to the kind that usually bears the hazmat symbol.


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/monsoonarsenal-1.jpg

[2] Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico: http://www.ccasantafe.org/

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/monsoonarsenal-2.jpg

[4] four winged saltbush: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atriplex_canescens

[5] lemonadeberry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemonadeberry

[6] soaproot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soaproot

[7] Nik Bertulis: http://nikbertulis.com/

[8] Jacques Abelman: http://groundcondition.wordpress.com/

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