The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts, Axle Contemporary, and Grants Mainstreet commissioned seven temporary environmentally based artworks to be exhibited in various locations in Grants and Milan, NM.
Artist, Ruben Olguin and myself (Mezcla!) are creating a project entitled, NGC 2623, which is a large eroding sculpture made from earthen materials, plant paper and native seeds. The temporary installation acts as a droning soundscape within a listening garden. The work examines the flow of time, the flow of history, the flow of plants and the flow of people’s influence on the landscape over time. Concurrently, the installation considers the native and invasive plant species that are now home to the area left by people along the migration trails and transportation highways of the southwestern region. Inside the structure is a small garden of native plants which creates an isolated indigenized ecological space. Audio plays back within the garden to subtly reveal the mechanized noise of the modern world from a plant’s perspective.