The New York Earth Room, New York City

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  • Do you like discovering weird stuff in NYC that hardly anybody else seems to know about? I sure do. A couple of years ago, a friend told me about a visit he made to an art installation in SoHo which c...  more »
  • I hadn't heard anything about this - despite how long it's been there. I thought I wouldn't enjoy this, but honestly...it was amazing. I had so many questions and the contrast of elements and colors w...  more »
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  • The Earth Room is an interesting installation by the artist Walter De Maria. It is essentially a room filled with raked soil. Photography is prohibited. Its interesting how this piece of art can reveal unique perspectives of the viewer. For example, I found it unsettling that 'earth' was trapped inside the confines of a room but a friend found the sight of raked soil comforting!
  • The name is self-explanatory: 280,000 pounds of dirt, 22" deep, covering 3600 square feet. Intended for a three-week exhibition in a second-floor Soho loft, it has remained there for the past 42 years. It is both monumental and futile—an affront to capitalist sensibilities. It is free to visit and there is nothing to buy. There isn't even much to see—the lights are not turned on, and visitors stand behind a clear barrier. But the scent—akin to a used bookstore in the stairwell, closer to that of a forest floor as you ascend the steps—transports you. It's worth the trip.

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