Lauren Ruth

Monoculture, 2022

Grass and artificial turf, 24 ft x 24 ft, height variable with the height of the grass

Luther Barn Field

This checkerboard of regional grasses and artificial turf satirizes the American lawn as a product of aspirational rituals that control nature and try to stave off chaos. If thirsty lawns simulate perfection, then turf is its drought-tolerant but fossil-fueled mirror image—a bandage for a warming planet made of petroleum byproducts.

Viewers may walk, sit, picnic, or play checkers on the installation.

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