Flaxen Passage

April, 1994
The Art Institute of Chicago

10.5′ x  5’2″ x 17.5′

A passageway constructed of wood and conduit with a curved ceiling of hand felted scutched linen flax paper panels.  Walls of hand woven linen with horizontal pockets held soil and flax seeds.  A drip irrigation system watered the walls, within which the flax sprouted under high intensity gas discharge lamps.   A raised floor of flax seeds, covered over a reservoir within which two pumps recycled the water.  An odor of growth and decay developed as the piece went through a three-week life cycle from germination to flourishing, then death.