For 36 days in the spring of 2013, a 32,000 lb earth sculpture was formed in ii gallery in Kaka’ako. Handmade by artist Sean Connelly, with enormous help from over 60 individuals and 10 local businesses, this power object is called: “A Small Area of Land (Kaka’ako Earth Room).” Comprised of soil and sand from various O’ahu ahupua’a, this earthwork challenges us to contemplate the land as more than an abstraction or expression of monetary worth. Over the course of the exhibition, community members have developed powerful emotional relationships with this monolith, which seems almost alive with the energies of its own collapse. As all things must come to an end, the 27th of April marks the date of the sculpture’s diss-assembly, as land is return to the land from which it came: in buckets destined for attendee gardens; in wheelbarrows that will take it to planters in the neighborhood; in trucks that will take it back to farmland.
This project was self-funded by the artist. And while he will never admit it, Sean needs our help to recuperate the costs for creating this project. If you loved A Small Area of Land (Kaka’ako Earth Room), please donate here via Pay Pal (minimum $1 donation). Donations of $20 or more will receive a vial of land used in the sculpture, signed by the artist. Our goal is to recuperate $2400 to cover the cost of the installation; all donations are tax-deductible.
Vials may be picked up on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at R/D between 6:30-7:30pm. Funders who come with their own bucket during the April 27th event are free to take away additional dirt from the sculpture. All unclaimed vials after April 27 will be available for pick up at R/D thereafter. Any funds in excess of this amount will be gifted to R/D in support of their community program. Thank you for your help and support!
R/D and the Kaka’ako Earth Room Team