Green in the Gallery

How can messages about misplaced values and environmental degradation be both beautiful and shocking? Ask Agnes Denes.

In 1982, Agnes Denes planted a field of wheat on an unoccupied downtown Manhatten lot to highlight societal distortions of what is important. The environmental art piece was titled Wheatfield — A Confrontation. It yielded 1000 lbs of grain shipped to 28 cities internationally (this must have been, err, before the issue of CO2 emissions had become a concern) and used to plant new wheat.

Talk about forcing you to change your perspective!

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