Salon with Fritz Haeg -- This Friday at Noon
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006 @ 12:00pm
Please join Farmlab for a Salon with Fritz Haeg, famous for his Edible Estates and other great projects.
Free-of-charge, all ages welcome. Location: Farmlab.
"Fritz Haeg is unleashing a one-man attack on the American lawn, which the Los Angeles-based artist dubs a "carpet of conformity." Over the next three years, under the aegis of Edible Estates, which has already begun in Salina, Kansas, Haeg will be ripping up the front lawns of nine single-family homes in regions across the country and replacing them with food-producing vegetable gardens. The families whose lawns he's transforming have agreed to maintain the gardens, so the work is a permanent living installation. What's wrong with the lawn? Not only does it take a tremendous amount of water to keep it green, but the two-stroke engine used by lawnmowers produces some of the worst carbon-dioxide emissions for a motor of its size, contributing to global warming and other air pollution. Then there are all the pesticides and herbicides used to keep front lawns green. "We're stuck with this idea that plants that produce food are ugly, and lawns that you have to pour chemicals on and mow are beautiful," says Haeg, who hopes his lawns can reverse that thinking."
-- From Salon.com's The Big Idea list, October 21, 2005
Not A Cornfield / Under Spring / Farmlab
1745 N. Spring Street #4
Always Free to the Public, Handicapped Accessible
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of North Spring and College (Gold Line - Chinatown stop) take North Spring north two blocks; take a left onto (unmarked) Baker Street; the warehouse is located directly across the street from the North Gate of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, site of the Not A Cornfield project. Related Map.