Heaps of Leaves & Unkempt Lawns

What is a pile of leaves? Ultimately, it’s garbage.

We put it on the curb, and it’s going to the dump, (compost if we’re lucky).

These impressive leaf piles and photos are by Don Davis. Read about his technique here.

What is landscaping? Landscaping says “Nature is beautiful, but I know how to make it even more beautiful, clean, and safe.” You can be fined for choosing not to engage in landscaping. Here are some photos that are used as examples of an “unkempt lawn”.

Happy Lumpy

It’s weird when you’re working for a long time on a project but can’t see the whole until the very last minute. I’ve been sewing fabric leaves together for the past month or so while the very talented and capable Dana Hemes has been constructing the mechanics of a giant beanbag chair. I finally got everything in the same room earlier this week and it was surprising. So big and so many leaves. And happy accidents: the stuffing turned out pretty lumpy, because we have it in separate compartments, but it works great. Heaps of leaves are, in fact, lumpy.

Here are some Photoshop illustrations. (The title is Heap, and it’ll be shown at Figment Festival this weekend and then in my AIR show a couple weeks later.) I’m enjoying the contrast between the smoking tattooed dude and the natural setting. The girls look at home there. I guess that’s partially because of our associations of women/children/nature and men/culture, and partially because he’s wearing unnatural colors, and the lighting on the girls is more consistent with the background.