The Subdivision

This is an environmental art installation called “The Subdivision” by Kathryn Miller.

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The installation changes with time.

It begins with the well known patterns and forms of development which are generically stamped on a cleared site, without any relationship to the culture, environment or topography.

The end result of the installation through time is an ecological restoration, where all development has been returned back to the land.

Environmental Art can be provocative, participatory and even restorative. It goes straight to the point on environmental issues, raising public awareness and inspiring a new direction in thought, ideas and even landscape architecture.

What if structures could be designed so that after their use has expired, they return to the prairie, provide habitat for insects or regenerate a forest?

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Images courtesy of Green


  1. I like the idea of landscape art that actually changes over time and maybe decomposes instead of installations such as what Christo proposed for draping fabric over the Arkansas River that is a foreign intrusion into the natural landscape. Opposition to the project can be found at:

    This is what the editor of LA Magazine says about Christo’s proposal:
    “Conceived in the early 1990s or before, Over the River is a conceptual and environmental dinosaur, a relic from the days when some land artists and designers aspired to create iconic art without regard to its environmental cost… Does anyone, even Christo, think that 5.9 miles of silvered fabric is anywhere near as beautiful as a free-flowing mountain river?” From “Land Matters” commentary “Should a River Run Under It?” by J. William “Bill” Thompson, FASLA, Editor of Landscape Architecture, April 2009 issue, page 15.

  2. You know renewable is going to be life. The old homesteaders used sod for their roofs because it was practical and available. Somehow, someway, people have to understand that Earth, not humans, come first!

  3. Sue, I’m sorry you elevate the earth over humanity. I think decomposing landscape art could be an interesting concept for use in certain circumstances but I also love and
    appreciate the structures of the past that can be loved and used by many generations.

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