Abraham Cruzvillegas: Empty Lot / Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

For Tate Modern in London, artist Abraham Cruzvillegas conceived a site-specific installation that consists of two stepped triangular platforms that extend across the museum’s iconic Turbine Hall. The title of the work is Empty Lot. The platforms hold a geometric grid of 240 wooden planters filled with compost and over 23 tons of soil collected from parks and gardens all across London, from Peckham Rye to Regent’s Park. Nothing hast been planted by the artist. Flowers, mushrooms, and other greenery may grow depending on what seeds or bulbs have found their way into the soil. The soil is lit by lampposts constructed by the artist using materials found in skips and building sites around Tate.

Hyundai Commission 2015: Abraham Cruzvillegas: Empty Lot / Turbine Hall, Tate Modern. Press preview, October 12, 2015.

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