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      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 field at peak, May 2012.

         




                     

                     

                      

           Seventeen Hundred Seeds installation team: Juan Cano, Chanito, Efren Gutierrez, Robert Hamilton, Cynthia Mulcahy, Courtney Rainwater, Jose Tinajero and Jose Villa and visitors to the field.
    

      
                 


      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
      Dallas.

      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 in the newly created
      field by an eight-member crew in traditional farm crop rows. The seeds, all single-stem sunflowers, will grow
      to heights of five to six feet with ample ten-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 of
      Bishop/Davis LLC. Water provided by Juan Pablo Segura of Familia Auto Sales. Farming consultation provided by
      Mulcahy Farms, graphic design by Lily Smith-Kirkley and planting blueprint by landscape designer Kelley Murry.


      Installation/Maintenance Crew
      Juan Cano             
      Chanito                  
      Efren Gutierrez 
      Robert Hamilton
      Cynthia Mulcahy
      Courtney Rainwater      
      Jose Tinajero
      Jose Villa


      Graphic Design/Landscape Design Crew
      Lily Smith-Kirkley
      Kelley Murry

      Project Documentation
      Robert Hamilton



      Project information flyer located at the site:

                        

        






    

     1700 Seeds Crew
              
    

      May 19th, 2012, reception visitors in the field.



       

      1700 Seeds Workshop, Rocinha favela community, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      

     
Since the death of the field in June of 2012, seeds from the project have been distributed by the thousands to
      area residents and business owners as well as to friends, artists, curators and interested others all over the
      world. The first 1700 Seeds Workshop, sponsored by the Brazilian government, was held this past
summer in 2013
      in the Rocinha favela community in Rio de Janeiro for area school kids and residents at the Biblioteca da Rocinha,
      the first ever government cultural center and library built in a favela community in Brazil.


   

     Left: View from the Biblioteca da Rocinha balcony. Right: Area school kids planting seeds in re-purposed milk containers and Havaianas boxes at the
       first 1700 Seeds Workshop in August 2013.