Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sudan collection 2006

Sudan's soil was collected January 2006 by Rasha Salama at Al Mogran Park, Khartoum.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Ireland collection

The soil from Ireland was collected on January 13th 2006 from the foot of the Cooley Mountains by Anne Coyle.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Argentina January 2006 soil collection

The soil from Argentina was collected on January 4th 2006 by Horacia Ocampo at Manuel Ocatipo, here for complete journal

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Turkey collection 2006

Simin Gurler collected soil from the area around the Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul the first of January, 2006.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Soil from Slovenia

The soil was collected from Slovenia by Taya Albolena Lila at the Ljubljana Castle January 1, 2005click here for our journal

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ukraine 2005

The soil from Ukraine was collected by Katalin Alter at the Mundacheve Fortress November 2005.
Like too many places on this planet : powerful history of conflicts.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Canada 2005

The soil for Canada was by Kevin Blucke at the Summerhill Winery, Kelowna, BC 2005.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step fourteen)

WORLD GDP (step fourteen)

 I screwed up!  The cube for the $44,000 to $46,000 category was made 6 x 6 with a depth of 5".  So I added a square grid (green color) of 9 x 9 with a depth of 6".  "There are no mistakes, just a reason to improve"--probably a rationalization or in my case, a cover up. It does add interest though.
The countries are Finland ($45,741), Ireland ($46,032), Netherlands ($46,073), Austria ($46,604) and Japan ($46,838).   Population is nearly 163 million : 2.3% of the world's total.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Hungary 2005

Our Hungary collectors in November 2005 after gathering soil from the town of Albertirsa.
They are Erika & Andrea Buzas.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

WORLD "M-2" GDP (step thirteen)

WORLD  GDP (step thirteen)

Adding more money : the root of all evil?


Thursday, August 7, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step twelve)

WORLD GDP (step twelve)

Setting up to add square shapes to hold shredded US currency from the Treasury Department.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Trinidad & Tobago 2005

Roanne Rampaul gathered the soil from Triidad & Tobago's Cedros Bonasse Village November 17th, 2005.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step eleven)

WORLD GDP (step eleven)

Another layer of cement, this time with pigment.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step ten)

 WORLD GDP (step ten)

Another view of the panel :  In the far left background is the cube representing New Zealand, United Kingdom and France with a total population of 134,000,000.  The GDP per capita range is between $38,000 and $40,000.  The cube is 8 inches square with a height of 5 inches. The taller one just to its right is Switzerland alone in the $80,000 range


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amanda's New Zealand

The soil for New Zealand was collected November 2005 by Amanda Sole from Ruakaka Beach.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Letter from David

Here is a letter from our soil collector David Basasira in Uganda.   It's dated October 23rd, 2005.  And describes the Bulange Village, site of the collection. David is an artist.  Take a look at his work at link below letter.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step nine)

WORLD GDP (step nine)

More build-up of cement.  The block on the left is 5" square with a height of 3.75 inches.  A GDP per capita range of $28,000 to $30,000 of two countries, Puerto Rico and Spain, about 50,000,000 population.

The taller one (12.75 inches) just on its right is Norway, $100,000 with 5,000,000 people. Ready to move?


Friday, July 4, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step eight)

WORLD GDP (step eight)

More layering with color.  The large piece represents a population of over 1.6 billion people.  And is 29 square inches standing 1 inch, in the $6,000 to $8,000 level.  Among the 18 countries are : China, Cuba, Peru, Turkmenistan, Botswana, Iran, South Africa and Romania.  The full list is on a previous post.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step seven)

EARTH GDP (step seven)
The first coat of the cement blend begins April 18th, 2014.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chile's collection 2004

Lou Weber collected soil from the Pablo Neruda Museum, La Chascona on new years eve 2004.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" -(Step six)

WORLD GDP (step six)

Another shot of the process.  Notice the block with 50-52 on top.  This is the U.S. by itself.


Sunday, June 22, 2014


Here are a few of shots at the Joseph Wise Gallery, installation 6-20-14:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (Step Five, shaping the blocks)

Here is the block outline "12-14" representing the GDP per capita of $12,000 through $14,000 category.  Countries include Nauru, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Venezuela, Poland, Croatia, Antigua & Barbuda, Latvia and Lithuania.  It measures 7" by 7" with a height of 1 3/4
inches.  Total population is 104,615,162, about 1.5% of the globe.

This is one of 33 blocks.


Monday, June 16, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (Step Four)

Earth GDP - step four

It's now time to make the 33 blocks that will represent the GDP per capita groupings.   A good example is the United States with a cube measuring 14.3 inches square with a height of 6.75 inches.


Here is the work area :

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step three)

WORLD GDP per capita - step three


Each of the incremental increases in GDP at $2,000 increments were then added by populations.  For example, countries and populations from $128 (Somalia) to $1,837 (Solomon Islands) totaled 2,725,625,971---30 countries.  And the level from $38,000 to $40,000 totaled a population of 133,357,315 (New Zealand, United Kingdom and France).

Each of these GDP per capita population categories are then converted to square size for the "canvas".  The total area for 7 billion population is depicted in 4'x6' feet (3456 sq. in.).  So if the first level of 0-$2,000 has a population of over 2.7 billion the canvas square is 36.66 inch representation or 39% of global population (.39 x 2.7 billion). Level $34,000 to $36,000 with 60,917,978 will have  a square of 5.48 inches or about 1%.

We now factor in each square, GDP per capita levels.  A $2,000 increment will add 1/4 of an inch in depth.  For example level $50,000 to $52,000 will have a block thickness of 6.5 inches.

This linked chart should clarify the math.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step two)

WORLD GDP per capita - step 2


The next step organized the data by GDP per capita, country and population.  The incremental categories were in steps of $2,000.  For example, Somalia began the first level ( 0 to $2,000 ) at $128 with Solomon Islands ending it at $1,837.  The population is 2,725,625,971 in this first level comprising 56 countries.
The fourth level of $6,000 to $8,000  reached a population of 1,623,268,751 with 18 countries. The categories continued and finally ended with Liechtenstein at $158,977 and a population of 36,656 in 2012.

Click here for details----

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Costa Rica October 2005

Fletcher Dice, Douglas Soto and Abraham Morales helped with this collection in 2005.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

WORLD GDP "M-2" (step one)

I am reviewing and editing the Gross Domestic Product numbers for each of the 193 UN Member States.  The statistics can come from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the United Nations or the CIA World Factbook.  After comparing each of these sources, the UN seemed to be the most consistent. (step one).  A file was created with UN Member State, population and GDP per capita.  All of the data was entered "one by one".

All of this data has been incorporated in a "study" piece on a 4' x 8' panel. Of course,  this effort is to better understand how it will be embedded in the final 196 panels.  And over the next few weeks, I will post the progress of this effort.

The work is called WORLD GDP.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Nigeria 2005

Iheanacho Nwandwo collected soil from the Niger River on September 14th, 2005.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mauritius soil 2005

Soil from Mauritius was collected by Liz McDonough at Chamarel 7 September 200

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Life expectancy at birth 2011 : 73 ( 59 in 1960 )

GDP per capita 2012 : $1,018

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Belarus 2005

Belarus' soil was collected September 2005 by Claes Andersen close to the train station.

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Life Expectancy at birth 2011 : 71 ( 68 in 1960 )

GDP per capita 2012 : $6726

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lithuania 2005

Lithuania's soil was collected by Claus Anderson "Biking Viking" from the Tartu Train Station, September 2005.

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Life Expectancy at birth 2011 :  74 ( 70 in 1960 )

GDP per capita 2012 : $13,984

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Qatar 2005

Qatar's soil was collected in 2005 by Dave Schrall at Al Wakra Beach.  click here for complete story

Life Expectancy at Birth 2011 : 78 ( 60 in 1960)
GDP per Capita 2012 : $93,831

Monday, March 10, 2014

Serbia 2005

Mateo Natividad gathered soil from the Kalmegdan Fortress on August 27th 2005.

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Life expectancy at birth 2011 : 75 (62 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2012 : $5,315

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Brazil's soil collection

Dr. Rose Francis collected soil from Brazil on August 24th, 2005.

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life expectancy at birth : 73 (2011) --55 (1960)
GDP per capita 2012 : $11,347

Monday, January 20, 2014


Michael & Kay Rosness collected soil on August 8th 2005 from Sachsenhausen

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life expectancy at birth 2011 : 80 years ( 70 in 1960)

GDP per capita 2012 : $41,376

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tectonic layout

Here is a youtube explaining the placement process for including the tectonic plate story.