Down to Earth
Participatory site-specific installation
Material: reclaimed: industrial thread, wood, yarn. Other materials: recycled cardboard, and driftwood.
Part of Ecolibrium, Terra Art Collective’s exhibition at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, California.
About the installation
This year is the 50th anniversary of “Limits to Growth” which warned the world about the impossibility of perpetual growth on a finite planet. “Down To Earth” refers to a speech Donella Meadows, lead author of Limits to Growth, gave in 1994. The crises we see converging stem from the fact that humanity, using a powerful and cheap fuel –oil, exploded in size and complexity in a very short period, killing the biosphere in the process and creating the conditions to destabilize the climate, which have been stable for the last 10.000 years and allowed humanity to become agricultural and grow steadily in size.
We are at a crossroads. This is code red for the biosphere. The time for shifting the paradigm is now. There are no solutions per se – but there are many possible responses to our predicament. These responses could actually create a better future. The installation proposes to the community to review some critical points of our predicament and share visions and ideas for the future.
In Michele Guieu’s work tradition, this installation is made of simple materials. In this case, discarded industrial threads of various colors that Michele bought from overstocks and reclaimed wood that cannot sell because it has defects.
The title of our show, Ecolibrium, suggests the need for a global, societal revolution to create a new state of harmony with the larger natural world. People with greater resources must consume less, move less, and learn to enjoy lives that help create a balanced relationship with a thriving biosphere. This will also help disadvantaged people in America and around the world to prosper, rather than continue to bear the brunt of our ecological folly.
Terra Art Collective’s art strives to bring new visions, information, and engagement with these urgent issues. We strive to create art to help us envision a new ecological balance–satisfying human needs while fostering a vital, productive biosphere.
This exhibit features Terra Art Collective, a group of eco artists, including Shannon Amidon, Michele Guieu, Leah Jay, Deborah Kennedy
Gallery Route One
11101 Highway One, Ste. 1101
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Open 11 AM to 5 PM – Thursday–Monday