(Grounding Retreat to Enliven, Energize, Naturally Heal and Overcome Undesired Stress Elements)

The second incarnation of G.R.E.E.N.H.O.U.S.E. was created for the New Museum's StreetFest, a one-day arts event held on May 7, 2011. Like the initial phase of G.R.E.E.N.H.O.U.S.E., participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire with questions which this time addressed urban stress, specifically forms of stress often experienced by denizens of New York City.

After filling out the "Urban Stress Questionnaire", visitors met with our in-house "psychiatrist" (Dr. A.K. Spiess) to discuss their personal concerns, and urban related anxiety. The doctor would diagnose and prescribe treatment in the form of an herbal potion, custom tailored to each individual.

The Festival of Ideas for the New City took place May 4-8, 2011, and was a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of Downtown organizations working together to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore ideas that will shape it. The Festival included a three-day slate of symposia; an innovative StreetFest along the Bowery; and over eighty independent projects and public events.

Video credit:
City Parks Productions: Alissa Daskalova, William Andres, Adrian Andrews, Samantha Powers, Brandon Martin, David Evans, and Wiley Guillot

G.R.E.E.N.H.O.U.S.E. I

(Grounding Retreat to Enliven, Energize, Naturally Heal and Overcome Undesired Stress Elements)

Humans need shelter.
A basic shelter provides protection from cold nights, rainstorms, winds, snow and possibly wild animals.
Over the course of the centuries, humans have expanded and refined their demands for basic shelter to homes outfitted with the most extravagant luxuries.
Now that we are so sheltered from the elements, we seem to be in need of protection from a different type of peril: the takeover of technological gadgets in our daily lives, and the ever-increasing demands and fastening pace of 21st century life.

The project developed in 4 phases:

1) A questionnaire sent to several hundred people inquiring about which stress factors they experience as most disquieting.
2) Assembly of the G.R.E.E.N.H.O.U.S.E. structure.
3) Transplanting of seedlings into the greenhouse, where they were irrigated by rainwater collected from the roof.
4) Creation of six herbal potions, which offer relief from the most common causes of stress in accordance with results gathered from the questionnaire.

Visitors to the installation were invited to turn off any electronic devices, to sip the infusions and to notice their calming and grounding effect.

You are invited to fill out a questionnaire at www.landviews.org/G.R.E.E.N.H.O.U.S.E

Interviews with Succulents


A winter residency at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center provided me with the opportunity of spending an extended period of time in the enchanting greenhouses on the property. I found myself irresistibly drawn to the alluring succulent section and got permission from the garden crew to "borrow" six different succulents for a few hours at a time. I took them to my studio and using my training in plant communication conducted a brief interview with each.



CO2 Neutralizing Sapling Adoption Program

This project provided attendees of the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA, the option to partially offset carbon emissions produced traveling to and from the conference, by adopting one or more tree saplings.

The installation consisted of a plant rack containing a selection of saplings suited to different climate zones. On a world map adjacent to the rack, visitors could locate where they traveled from and to, and calculate how much CO2 they produced en-route to San Rafael, depending on mode of transport. Prospective "parents" were asked to sign an adoption form which committed them to care for the sapling properly.

The aim was to raise awareness; to act upon what our options as autonomous beings is to exact change, and hopefully to foster relationships between interested parties who share like visions of a greener future.

Sample Sapling Adoption Form: California Sycamore (PDF)