Grass Extension

Grass Extension, 2015. Freedom Baird. Broadcloth, fusible interfacing, copper wire, aluminum mesh, nylon cord, cinderblock. 36 x 48 x 48 inches. Interactive sculpture, installed for the Art Rocks Spy Pond Elements Exhibition, Spy Pond, Arlington, MA

Grass Extension, 2015. Broadcloth, fusible interfacing, copper wire, aluminum mesh, nylon cord, cinderblock. 36 x 48 x 48 inches. Interactive sculpture, installed for the Art Rocks Spy Pond Elements Exhibition, Spy Pond, Arlington, MA. May 2015. With materials research by Artisan’s Asylum members, sewing participation by Ali Leverone, and installation participation by Eva-Lee Baird, Dick Leigh, and J&K Westbard.

Here’s Grass Extensions’s Facebook page, including visitor submitted photos of the sculpture in use!

And here are the production photos:

Grass Extension maquette made of garden twist ties. Freedom Baird

Grass Extension maquette made of garden twist ties, 8″ tall

Lawn at Spy Pond Park where Grass Extension was installed

Lawn at Spy Pond Park where Grass Extension was installed

Grass Extension, experimenting with vinyl fabric and copper wire

Experimenting with vinyl fabric and copper wire

Grass Extension, experimenting with plastic tubing and copper wire

Experimenting with plastic tubing and copper wire

Grass Extension, experimenting with cotton broadcloth and copper wire

Experimenting with cotton broadcloth and copper wire

Grass Extension, ironing the broadcloth to fusible interfacing

Ironing the broadcloth to fusible interfacing

Grass Extension, a jig I made to draw a bunch of parallel lines on fabric

A jig I made to draw a bunch of parallel lines on fabric

Prepping the fabric for cutting

Prepping the fabric for cutting

Grass Extension, a batch of fronds, 10', with copper wire inserted

A batch of fronds, 10′, with copper wire inserted

Grass Extension, a bending block to prep the fronds to go into the mesh base

A bending block to prep the fronds to go into the mesh base

Grass Extension, about 1/3 of the fronds installed

Grass Extension, about 1/3 of the fronds installed

Grass Extension ready to go to the site!

Grass Extension ready to go to the site!

My folks helping with planting the piece

My folks helping with planting the piece

My folks helping with planting the piece

My folks and kids helping with planting the piece

My folks and kids helping with planting the piece

Grass Extension planted!

Grass Extension planted!

Grass Extension in use by visitors

Grass Extension in use by visitors

Grass Extension in use by visitors

Grass Extension in use by visitors

Grass Extension in use by visitors

Grass Extension in use by visitors

Grass Extension in use by visitors

Grass Extension with a changed habit (which is the general shape a plant takes)

Grass Extension with a changed habit (which is the general shape a plant takes)

Grass Extension roots

Grass Extension roots

Grass Extension after four weeks of use!

Grass Extension after four weeks of use!

De-installation and replacing the sod

De-installation and replacing the sod

Grass Extension in the car ready to go home

Grass Extension in the car ready to go home

And here’s Grass Extensions’s Facebook page, including visitor submitted photos of the sculpture in use.