Weed-Mud-Hut

A maintenance-art-structure at Blake Garden begun in mid-June 2010, and completed in early August 2010. The clay mud used in this piece comes from the adjacent wetland area, the bamboo from nearby groves, and the grasses were mowed from the lower field in the Australian Hollow. After each building session (usually about 2-4 hours long) I have been documenting the progress in 360 degrees:

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The recently established wetland at Blake Garden needed to be mucked out, so I have taken the opportunity to use the mud in the project. The initial frame was made out of golden bamboo. The mud for the walls has been mixed with invasive grasses that I mowed in the area around the structure. As the work progressed, I added more bamboo supports. Bamboo ventilation/skylight culms have been integrated into the top of the structure. The structure is impermanent; winter rain will wash away the mud clay re-exposing the internal structure, which I will then remove.

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