Revenge of the Lawn is an installation that examines our culture’s estrangement from organic processes and pokes fun at our desire to master the natural world.
Located in the backyard of Chicago’s 1926 Exhibition Studies Space/Roger Brown House during the summer of 2003, Revenge of the Lawn was a living room scene made out of found furniture reupholstered with soil and seeds. It was an environment designed to encourage “nature” to reclaim “man-made” objects and permeate the boundary between Indoor and Outdoor.
During the course of the installation, viewers could visit www.revengeofthelawn.com for a live webcam and ongoing time-lapse video footage of the installation as it sprouted, grew, and ultimately withered and died.
In 2008, I presented a revised and expanded version of the Revenge of the Lawn project at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.