INS 009 Grass Grows Hans Haacke 1967
© Hans Haacke
Text: Hans Haacke
"I would like to make it very short. I have put about a cubic yard of top soil mixed with peat into a naturally well-lit room in the Museum. It [the pile of soil] is cone shaped, like a sandcastle, and I seeded it with winter rye and annual rye seed, and hopefully by the day of the opening sprouts will come out of the ground. The shape of this mound is of no relevance. I’m not interested in the form. I’m more interested in the growth of plants — growth as a phenomenon which is something that is outside the realm of forms, composition, etc., and has to do with interaction of forces and interaction of energies and information. My comment for the catalog when asked for astatement is 'Grass grows'."
Hans Haacke (1967)
Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art
Cornell University, Ithaca