The Terrestrial Shrub Rover is taking shape this week in preparation for its debut at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ on October 10. As the photo shows, while the general form and structure of the Rover are resolved, it still awaits an epoxy shell and its branches.
The epoxy shell that will cover the Shrub Rover will be a VOC Free Epoxy Resin manufactured by MAS Epoxies, who has generously provided material sponsorship for the Shrub Rover. Anyone who has used standard polyester resin knows how toxic the fumes are to both the worker and the environment, so check out the MAS Low Viscosity Resin for a friendlier alternative.
Visit the WASHINGTON ART ASSOCIATION galleries in Washington Depot, Connecticut from September 19 – October 19 to see the Porta Hedge on view as part of the exhibition The Reshaped World. The Porta Hedge will be open to the public during gallery hours, and in the Main Galleries, visitors can see work by artists Mark Abrahamson, Marcia Clark, Cornelia Kavanagh, Justin Shull, Maggie Sullivan, and Tom Zetterstrom.
9,000 miles and 35 days after its departure from New Jersey, the Porta Hedge has returned. The Hedge will be located at Central Jersey Trailer and Hitch Depot for a couple of weeks where it will receive some much needed rest, maintenance and a few repairs. From there it will travel up through New York City and then into Connecticut in September for an exhibition at the Washington Art Association exhibition.
We’re still prematurely wearing through tread on the Porta Hedge’s rear passenger tire. When we stopped this afternoon at a service area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike we realized that the tire was completely bald with white chord showing, so we left the Hedge at the parking lot with a crew member inside while we acquired a new tire in the nearby town of Everett.
Thanks to the invitation of LAUREN EWING, the Porta Hedge and its crew stopped over at a 200-year-old historic farm in Vincennes, Indiana on our way back east. Lauren’s brother Mark Ewing and his wife Rebecca, who own and operate the 500 acre farm, recently placed it in a conservation trust that will preserve it from encroaching development in the future.
Started in 1806 by Nathaniel Ewing, who received a commission from President Thomas Jefferson to become a receiver of public lands, the farm still produces corn, soybeans, and wheat, and has groves of old and young pecan trees, walnut trees, sugar maples, and hazelnut trees.
Mont Clair has plenty of trees, but not a single hedge. The farm also has a pack of coyotes who wander through at night and devour the barn cats. Enter the Porta Hedge: mobile observation platform for spotting coyotes and dissuading them from entering onto the property.
We learned, however, that the two Great Danes who recently joined the Ewing family are excellent coyote deterrents. There’s also the fact that the Porta Hedge is shorter than the surrounding corn (hedge on stilts?)
Alternatively, after seeing the modern dwelling that Lauren recently designed and had built at Mont Clair, we decided that the Porta Hedge could make a stylish, modern, prefab landscape element. Look out for Lauren’s home in the November issue of DWELL Magazine
We had over 300 visitors in the Porta Hedge Friday night during the First Friday gallery event and the chalkboards filled up quickly with autographs, doodles and the occasional observation.
Here are a couple of photos from the Southwest that we shot with our fish eye camera.
Singer songwriter MIKAL SHAPIRO joined the Porta Hedge crew yesterday evening at the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue during Kansas City’s FIRST FRIDAY in the Crossroads Art District. In addition to enjoying Mikal’s performance, visitors were invited to come inside and explore the Porta Hedge’s observation lab. Many of the visitors expressed their enthusiasm at the possibility of using the Porta Hedge to observe their neighbors.
Upon arriving at our host’s house in Kansas City, we were informed that the neighbor had reported seeing a gang on our host’s front porch a few evenings prior. The neighbor called the police, but no gang was found. We decided to help out the neighborhood by conducting an observation session late last night. The results are documented in this video.