American Wilderness: Aurora, Illinois, No.2

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1980
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white photo of a line of weeds growing from a space in the pavement between a higher lip that is on the right and the ground on the left. This is outside an abandoned building that is in the distance. On the right side of the image, outside the raised lip of concrete, is a parking lot with one car mostly out of frame. There are trees on either side of the building.
Historical Context:
“Plant life will grow wherever roots can find soil. Weeds are the perfect example. They grow where we don't want them and we take measures to keep them away. Plants, even when controlled and arranged in domesticated landscapes have a beauty, tenacity, wildness, and humor that is evident throughout the four season. These photographs are of gardens in Newburyport and West Newbury, Massachusetts.” – Douglas R. Gilbert