Thursday, December 19, 2013

Slovakia 2005



Soil gathered in Vysoke, Tatry by Alena & John Bouska August 2005         click here for complete story


Life Expectancy at birth 2011 : 76 ( 70 in 1960 )

GDP per capita 2012 : $16,774

Sam Rifki and UAE


Sam Rifki was the collector for United Arab Emirates in August 2005.  The soil was gathered from the Al Ain Desert, Abu Dhabi.

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Life expectancy at birth : 77  ( 52 in 1960)

GDP per capita 2011 : $42,921

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Panama July 2005



Embara Village village was the collection site for Estrella Pittman in July 2005.

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Life expectancy at birth: 76 (61 in 1960)

GDP per capita 2011 : $8,590

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Modeling the ideas


Modeling the concept is important.  One display configuration with the final 196 42"x42" panels would be side by side.  4,000,000 years of our evolution would be depicted with timelines for hominids.  Side by side the panels would measure 700 feet and is scaled in this football field for reference to size. Thank you Tim for all the help.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Production planning




 Here is the 42"x42" panel resting on the movable rack assembly (blue tubes).  I will need 196 of these racks during the production in order to temporarily  gain access to each panel.  The panel, or "canvas" is detachable from the wheeled rack.    This is necessary because the micro-cement blend will have a short "pot life" or curing window at the 1st phase. The completed production will measure 50 feet by 50 feet, as rendered above for the purpose of scale.  This will require about 15,000 square feet of floor area for several months.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Bulgaria July 1st 2005


Georgia Nelson collected soil from Bulgaria at Ludga Village on July 1st, 2005.

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life expectancy at birth : 74 ( 69 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $7,187


Sunday, November 17, 2013

The first collection from Tonga



The first collection from Tonga came from outside the Palace grounds, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu by Brian Siler in 2007 and sent to me in 2008.

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Life expectancy at birth : 72  ( 61 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $4,335

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Mount Vitkov, Czech Republic 2005


Our collectors for Czech Republic were Alena & John Bouska.  The soil was gathered at mount Vitkov.
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Life expectancy at birth : 78 ( 70 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $20,607

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Philippines' Pinatubo volcano


Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines can be very lively.  Soil from this area was collected by Estrella Albastro on June 3rd, 2005.

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life expectancy at birth : 69 ( 58 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $2,370

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Greece 2005


Fanis Labropoulos collected soil from the town of Kalavrita on June 5th, 2005.  He wrote a great journal.

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Life expectancy at birth : 81 ( 69 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $26,251

Friday, September 20, 2013

waiting for the thaw in Sweden



Long time in coming!  Collector Hakan Schaling waited for the permafrost to leave and collected soil on May 20th, 2005.

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Life expectancy at birth : 82 ( 73 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 :  $57,134

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Luxembourg 2005


Ryan Cawley collected soil from Luxembourg on May 1st 2005.

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Life Expectancy at birth : 81 ( 68 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $115,377

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Singapore's soil


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Singapore's soil was gathered by Humphrey Chang on May 1st 2005.

Life Expectancy at birth : 82 ( 66 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $50,087

Monday, September 2, 2013

Denmark's story


The soil from Denmark came from Dragor on April 18th 2005.  It was collected by Niels and Jennifer Larsen.

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Life expectancy at birth: 80 ( 72 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $59,581



Friday, August 23, 2013

Ethiopia 2005


The first soil collection from Ethiopia took place on February 5th, 2005 by Dawn Bryan. It was gathered in Menagesha Suba Park, Addis Ababa and Lalibella.

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Life expectancy at birth : 59 ( 38 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $357.00


Saturday, August 17, 2013

special flight for the soil in Iraq



Kevin was at it again---A pilot (anonymous) landed his helicopter in the Iraq desert during a mission from Kuwait to gather the soil on February 3rd, 2005.

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Life expectancy at birth : 69 (49 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011: $3,758


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kenya's collection


On January 27th, 2005 Paul Casey and Cheryl Ekstrom gathered the first soil from Kenya.

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Life Expectancy at birth: 57 ( 46 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $819


Sunday, August 4, 2013

A neighbor at war


Kevin Wren was travelling through Kuwait on an air freight carrier and gathered the soil on January 26th, 2005.

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Life expectancy at birth : 75 ( 61 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $57,102

Monday, July 29, 2013

Botswana's soil


Botswana's soil was collected by Neil Stepanich on December 25th, 2004 at Okavango Delta Chef's Island.

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Life expectancy at birth : 53 ( 51 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $8,533


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Suriname October 2004


Nick Bosustow collected soil in Paramaribo on October 3rd, 2004.

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Life Expectancy at birth : 71 ( 60 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $8,708


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Uruguay 2004





Lisbeth Bosshart collected soil at Cerro de Montevideo Hill on December 23rd 2004.

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Life expectancy at birth : 76 ( 68 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $13,819

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Afghanistan



The soil for Afghanistan was gathered at the birthplace of Jalalludin Rumi on August 19th, 2004 by Abdullah Akbar.

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Life expectancy at birth : 49 ( 31 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $586

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gross National Happiness

Reva Gupta, Tshoki Choden and Larry Schwartz collected soil from Bhutan in June of 2008.  I sent Reva a soil bottle necklace containing all the soils collected since 2003.  Asking her later if she had any reactions from friends about the necklace, she responded :

"I have gotten lots of comments about the necklace.  Most of all people think it is super cool, a little piece of the entire world.  I was asked once if I felt connected to the rest of the world while wearing the necklace.  People also really like the concept of mixing the soil, although that lead to a criticism as well, where someone noted that the uniqueness of each sample is destroyed when it is mixed---people really talk about it like they talk about immigration and the experience of being an immigrant.  All these cultures brought to one place and so much of the uniqueness of each culture is lost.  I counter that to say that something new is created."

Reva and her colleagues were actually stationed in India at the time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ghana 2004


Scott Crosby collected soil on August 15th, 2004 at Accra.

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Life expectancy at birth : 64 ( 46 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,570

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Scott collecting again


Scott Methvin gathered the soil on August 12th, 2004 at Cruise Port Archeological site.

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Life expectancy at birth : 82 ( 68 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $21,269

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

bad news for Burkina Faso

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec13/burkinafaso_07-10.html

Check out this link

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Japan's soil collection


Shirley Himes gathered the soil from the 1st Shogun Castle, near Tokyo on August 9th, 2004.

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Life Expectancy:  83 ( 63 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011: $46,407

Friday, July 5, 2013

Iran collection --- not easy!


The Iran collection was completed by Mehdi Zahedi on July 23, 2004.  Gathering the earth was easy----getting it back was not.  Besides the usual USDA soil permits, I was required to apply for a license from the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Asset Control to bring the dirt to the U.S.

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Life Expectancy at birth : 73 ( 45 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $6,977






Wednesday, July 3, 2013

troubled Egypt at Tahrir Square


Nehal collecting soil from Tahrir Square on February 26th 2011.  Tahrir Square experienced the protests that lead to Mubarek's exit.   The area today is still troubled-- this time over Morsi.
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Life Expectancy at birth : 73 ( 46 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $2,801


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Namibia Dune #45



Robert Kelly collected soil from the Sossusvlei Dune #45 on June 13th 2004 on his personal flying vacation.

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Life expectancy at birth : 62  (47 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $5,439

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Slave Island in Senegal



Cheikh Darou Seck collected soil from the slave house on Goree Island on October 18th, 2005.  President Obama visited this site a few days ago before travelling on to South Africa.  Please be sure to check out the earlier blog and link to our journal entry for South Africa and the Robben Island soil collection.  Nelson Mandela was held on this island for 18 years and is currently very ill.

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Life expectancy at birth : 59 ( 39 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,132

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Poland Death Camp and Mound for General



Adam Lyduch's friend Kazimierz Kowal gathered soil from Auschwitz and Kosciuszko Mound in June 2004.

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Life expectancy at birth : 77 ( 68 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $13,424

Monday, June 24, 2013

Zambezi river above Victoria Falls


Neil and Nancy Stipanich visited the Zambezi river on May 10th, 2004.  The soil was collected on the river's bank just above Victoria Falls.

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Life expectancy at birth : 49 ( 45 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,429

Friday, June 21, 2013

South Africa and Nelson Mandela



Neil Stipanich collected soil from Robben Island on May 2nd, 2004.

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Life expectancy at birth : 53 ( 49 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $8,090

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Portugal


Soil from Portugal was collected by Ivy Last at Torre de Belem, Lisboa on April 4th 2004.  click here for details

Life expectancy at birth : 81 ( 63 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $22,226

Monday, June 17, 2013

India's first collection


Hamid Mansuri collected from his birthplace in Gujarat on March 13th 2004.
click her for complete story  http://commonground191.com/journal/india.htm

Life expectancy at birth : 65 ( 42 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,528

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bahamas

Brian Vitek collected the soil on March 3rd, 2004

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Life expectancy at birth : 75 ( 63 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $22,431

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Chile's soil


Lou Webber collected soil from the Pablo Neruda Museum, La Chascona January 31, 2004.  click here for complete story

Life Expectancy at birth : 79 ( 57 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $14,395

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Neil Stipanich completed the last soil collection for 2003 on December 31 in the Tarangire National Park.  click here for complete story

Life expectancy at birth : 58 ( 44 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $526

Monday, June 10, 2013

Soil Test Results

WALLACE LABS ANALYSES DATE: June 29, 2012
365 Coral Circle Location Common Ground 191 Project
El Segundo, CA 90245 Requester Gary Simpson
(310) 615-0116 Method EPA 3051B
Material Maps 6/28/12
12-181To-03 California
average
  elements  
aluminum            11,125.90         73,000
arsenic                     2.44               3.5
barium                   61.28              509
boron                     5.30                19
cadmium                     0.51             0.36
calcium            64,515.45         14,000
chromium                   65.23              122
cobalt                     5.40             14.9
copper                   10.86             28.7
iron            10,312.25         37,000
lead                   27.38             23.9
lithium                   41.13                23
magnesium              4,898.59           9,900
manganese                 238.39              646
mercury  < 0.08              0.26
molybdenum                     2.71               1.3
nickel                   23.62                57
phosphorus              1,671.21              412
potassium              1,385.32         17,300
selenium  < 0.25              0.06
silicon                 202.14       294,000
silver  < 0.05  0.8
sodium              1,000.54         15,800
strontium                 646.83              128
sulfur                 885.53
tin  < 2.50                1.1
titanium                 281.52           4,720
vanadium                 559.89              112
zinc                   62.15              149
chloride              1,292.34
Elements expressed as mg/kilogram (parts per million) on an as received basis.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Manly Beach, Australia


Russell Vogel's collection was taken from Manly Beach in Sydney in December 2003.  He also collected soil from Indonesia for the art project.   click here for details

Life Expectancy at birth :81
GDP per capita 2011 : $67,037

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The World in one place

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Dr. Gary Greenberg (www.sandgrains.com) took this image of the full soil collection mix.  It was taken on an Edge 3-D microscope with a magnification of 125 times the actual size : 1/10 of an inch across.  The orange spec in the center is 1/3 of a human hair.

I will post later a partial list of the elements found through a chemical analysis in a Los Angeles laboratory.

I wonder if we could say that "all of this is seen in one orbit of the International Space Station" since this mix is from all the UN member states. After all, this is a conceptual art project.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Switzerland and Kyle


Kyle Steiner collected the soil for the project on November 3rd, 2003 in Zurich.

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Life expectancy at birth : 83
GDP per capita 2011 : $85,794

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The 196 panels side by side


My friend Tim Talbert cleverly used Photoshop to place  the 196 panel model  in a football field to give reference to scale.  Each panel will be 42" x 42" and will run 700 feet long. The main display, 14 by 14 will measure 50 feet by 50 feet.   (click photo to enlarge)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Indonesia



Russ Vogel was at it again in October 2003 with the soil collection from Monas Monument, Jakarta.
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Life expectancy at birth : 69
GDP per capita 2011 : $3,495


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thailand 2003


Russell Vogel collected soil from Lumphini Park on October 10th 2003. The second collection from Thailand was to come five years later.    click here for complete story

Life Expectancy at birth :  74
GDP per capita 2011 :$5,318

Monday, June 3, 2013

Democratic Republic of Congo



Soil was collected in October 2003 by Jean-Leon Bonnechere from the Congo River, Kinshasa.
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Life expectancy at birth : 48
GDP per capita 2011 : $237 (yes, $237 per person per year)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Spanish soil


Scott Methvin stopped at the Barcelona Nautical Museum in September 2003 to collect soil.
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Life expectancy at birth : 82
GDP per capita 2011 :  $31,820

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Algeria's soil


Mohammed Benyoucef gathered the soil from the M'Zab Region Coast In September 2003.  
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Life expectancy at birth : 73 (47 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $5,523