Gail Rothschild

Gaia/Mother Earth

1988


Wood, recycled brick and healing herbs. 6 x 12 x 25 feet
Permanent installation. South Bronx, NY
Commissioned by Operation GreenThumb NYC Department of General Services

Designed for a community garden, a twelve-foot-long face rises from the earth and rock, its profile formed by climbable steps. Gaia’s hair – circular terraces of recycled brick cleared from the garden – wraps around the wood structure and is planted with 25 varieties of medicinal herbs. The gardeners assisted, mixing concrete, cutting lumber, laying bricks and planting the herbs. The piece stands as a celebration of the gardeners’ courageous act of reclaiming a junk-filled lot as a beautiful and useful garden. The Franklin Avenue Senior Citizens Herbal is an illustrated pamphlet that provides historical and practical information about each herb for the gardeners’ use.

Gaia/Mother Earth, 1988
Wood, recycled brick and healing herbs
6 x 12 x 25 feet

Gaia/Mother Earth, 1988
Wood, recycled brick and healing herbs
6 x 12 x 25 feet

Gaia/Mother Earth, 1988
Wood, recycled brick and healing herbs
6 x 12 x 25 feet

Gaia/Mother Earth, 1988
Wood, recycled brick and healing herbs
6 x 12 x 25 feet

Gaia/Mother Earth, 1988
Wood, recycled brick and healing herbs
6 x 12 x 25 feet

Gaia/Mother Earth, 1988
Wood, recycled brick and healing herbs
6 x 12 x 25 feet