The Last Grass Machine

detail of Last Grass Machine

It is Saturday morning and you have just had your coffee and read the paper. The sun is bright through the kitchen windows and you can tell by the frost on the driveway that it is a crisp morning. You feel energized by the sun but feel that same nagging frustration that has been with you for a long time – everything that your senses are experiencing is false. The dream that the sun is shining and the frost is crisp comes to a drastic halt. That light through the windows is a synthetic sun, and the frost on the driveway is also fictitious; they are images – the windows are digital monitors projecting the dream into your home. What is really outside is not something that we talk about anymore. It has been too long without the ‘real’ to question the false images. They have become the real. But you still get sad these mornings when the program calls for sun and frost.

The Last Grass Machine

You make your way down to the basement and into the “Green House of Remembered Species.” This is a place that you have created to remember what growth smells like and what earth feels like. Salvaged seeds and coveted specimens have been cultured in this place to give life to your memories. In the corner is your favorite example – the grass. You can remember what it was like to fire up the old rider and cruise the lawn back and forth until it was a perfect length. “The Last Grass Machine” reminds you of this, as you turn on the water.

detail of Last Grass Machine

The Last Grass Machine is designed to bring the viewer into this world where grass is no longer prevalent. This machine grows grass as a metaphor for nature. I have chosen to use grass symbolically because it is ubiquitously lasting as an emblem of nature; through the suburbs and the cities, grass is the last remnant of nature that is still cultivated by the people. Because of this, grass seems a likely choice for a work that calls attention to the malfeasant land use trends in which we are currently engaged. Projecting into the future, grass is an obvious candidate for the “Green House of Remembered Species.”

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