Seventeen Hundred Seeds
March 15 - June 30, 2012
A temporary site-specific land art project, a collaboration between Robert Hamilton and Cynthia Mulcahy,
located in a vacant 1.6-acre city block in the middle of the city of Dallas.
Seventeen Hundred Seeds
installation team: Juan Cano, Chanito, Efren Gutierrez, Robert
Hamilton, Cynthia Mulcahy, Courtney Rainwater,
Jose Tinajero and Jose
Villa. Middle: Seventeen Hundred Seeds field at peak, May 2012.
Seventeen Hundred Seeds full Press Release:
The public art project Seventeen Hundred Seeds, a collaboration between Robert Hamilton and Cynthia Mulcahy,
is a temporary site-specific land art project in an empty 1.6 acre city block in the middle of the city of
It all began on a late Friday afternoon in March with the debris-clearing and mowing of a large, empty field
in preparation for a second day of tractor-tilling and prepping of the soil for planting. Finally, in advance
of an obliging Texas rainstorm, over seventeen hundred seeds were individually planted by an eight-member crew
in a uniform grid pattern. The seeds, all Aztec Gold sunflowers, will grow to heights of five to seven feet with
ample eleven-inch flower heads by mid-May.
Located in the busy heart of Oak Cliff off a well-traveled car and pedestrian street, the public art project has
been on view since field preparation began March 15th, offering up a daily tableau of the farmer's life of land
tilling and seed planting, weeding and watering, and finally harvesting and sharing.
The activity in the empty lot, a form of artistic intervention or farming as street theater, has drawn many area
neighbors, passersby, and local business folk curious about what’s going on in their community. “You don’t often
see a tractor tilling soil in the city,” the very first visitor declared. Others have shared their knowledge of
the history of the land, even family photographs, or memories of flower gardens in their native Mexico. With our
farm crew in the field, laughs and stories have been swapped over as many tacos and beer during weeks of crop
cultivation. All are part of the process.
Seventeen Hundred Seeds remains on view to humans, insects and animals
through June and is free and open to the
public. A public picnic
reception in the field, also free, will be held on Saturday, May 19th,
from 6:30pm to
8:30pm, at 715 W. Davis Street, Dallas, Texas, 75208.
Seventeen Hundred Seeds is generously underwritten by Courtney
Rainwater. Land is provided by Rick Garza,
Bishop/Davis LLC. Water provided
by Juan Pablo Segura of Familia Auto Sales. Farming consultation
Mulcahy Farms, graphic design by Lily Smith-Kirkley and
planting blueprint by landscape designer Kelley Murry.
Graphic Design/Landscape Design Crew
Project information flyer located at the site:
1700 Seeds Crew
May 19th reception in the field.