Agnes Denes is a pioneer in conceptual and in ecological art and one of the earliest artists, if not the first, to speak of climate change. Internationally acclaimed, she is celebrated for her very large-scale environmental works, such as Wheatfield (1982). She cleared away a two-acre plot of landfill from the World Trade Center, imported healthy soil, planted seeds and later harvested the grain. On a plot worth millions, so close to Wall Street, she suggested the discrepancies between a wealthy insolated culture and a world where more and more people had little, not even enough to buy bread or wheat to bake bread. Denes’s Tree Mountain (1992-1996) in Finland and A Forest for Australia (1998) are both specifically about climate change, and both are huge in scale.
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