Tomorrow's Relics

2012 | 96” x 192” x 40” | wood, paint, Line Creek (Etowah County, AL) dirt, Red Mountain (Birmingham, AL) dirt, steel, water, silicon, electrics

Day 1

Water runs down the wall, slowly eroding away its surface. The muddy water mixture is captured on the steel floor at the base of the wall.

Wall surface

Water reveals the layers of earth attached to the wall. The top surface is clay taken from Line Creek- a clay source traditionally mined by Native American tribes who once the area home. The under-surface is made from dirt mined at Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. Red Mountain was the key to Birmingham becoming a major iron producer after the Civil War.

Water collects at the base of the wall on steel panels.

Over time, the muddy water will oxidize the steel floor.