Earth Volume, 2008

Altered Encyclopedia Britannica – original cover, Plexiglas, composted pages, and plants.

Earth Volume is made from Volume 6, Earth-Everglades, of the Encyclopedia Britannica. To make this piece, the text-block pages were removed from the cover, shredded, and composted. After a period of several months, the former pages had transformed into an “earthen” state, and were returned to the cover in a Plexiglas box the shape of the former text-block. Into this, plants were sowed, and now the former pages are the actual “earth” from which they grow. No longer a vessel of information, the encyclopedia is now alive, growing and changing as a small but complex ecosystem.

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