Growing up on a farm in Nebraska was focused on land; its settlement, cultivation, and people. After becoming a landscape architect and practicing all over the world and on practically every continent, I am drawn back to the landscape where it all began, and the quiet but mighty, indestructible remnants that changing landscape leaves in its wake of development. In two weeks, an organization I started in Nebraska to conduct projects that investigate contemporary aspects of Midwest land-use, will be installing 13 - 20x80' designed images on the exterior of Omaha's largest derelict concrete grain elevator. In response to a call for artist submissions for images that speak to land use, agriculture, and food as embodied in the vacant elevator, we received 150 submissions worldwide and hosted a jury to select the final ones for print at the massive scale. In conjunction with the exhibition, we are hosting a 500-person community dinner, on the ground next to the elevator at a continuous table placed on the now derelict rail bed that once serviced the elevator. The dinner is being prepared by 10 local chef and all ingredients provided by local farmers. This project has captured the imagination of now 1000's of individuals, and the artwork depicts a deep and profound human connection to the artifices of the landscapes that nurture us.
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