N:P:K 18:6:12 (2007)

American lawns are the archetypical marker of suburbia and success- yet that very same lawn is a voracious consumer of water, oil, time and fertilizer. A distortion of nature.

This piece gently questions our infatuation with perfect expanses of grass, by substituting a black, plastic row of aggressive barbs which sway and move in the sun, made from the oil that supports a "green" lawn.

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The American Suburban lawn is the archetype of success and stability- acres of green unbroken by weed or wear, a moat of calm around a personal castle. Yet our lawns are anything but green- consuming vast quantities of water, gallons of gas to power lawnmowers, and bags of fertilizer synthesized from fossil fuels, eventually washing into streams, clogging them with algae.

N:P:K 18:6:12 gently comments on this absurd affectation- substituting a black plastic film, made from fossil fuels, for green grass. Animated by sunlight as if it were part of the natural landscape, the c))motion plastic film sways gently in the air. Sharp edged instead of soft- a biting warning.

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The American Suburban lawn is the archetype of success and stability- acres of green unbroken by weed or wear, a moat of calm around a personal castle. Yet our lawns are anything but green- consuming vast quantities of water, gallons of gas to power lawnmowers, and bags of fertilzer synthesized from fossil fuels, eventually washing into streams, clogging them with algae.

N:P:K 18:6:12 gently comments on this absurd affectation- substituting a black plastic film, made from fossil fuels, for green grass. Animated by sunlight as if it were part of the natural landscape, the c))motion plastic film sways gently in the air. Sharp edged instead of soft- a biting warning.

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