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Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez: Must Go

The New York Earth Room


141 Wooster Street, New York, NY

Walter De Maria’s Earth Room is somewhere we find ourselves going time and time again, either for transitory moments of tranquility and solitude, or to ignite inspiration. Tucked above endless rows of downtown boutiques lining Soho’s crowded cobblestoned streets, is a thirty-six-hundred-square-foot loft known as The New York Earth Room; a surreal installation by the late New York-based artist and leader of the 1970s Land Art movement, Walter De Maria.

The all white, otherwise empty space perched atop the second floor of the Wooster Street building it inhabits, is filled with 140 tons of dirt, unchanged and untouched since 1977; which seems especially poignant today given contemporary society’s conversations surrounding the perils of climate change. Like much of De Maria’s work, The Earth Room deals with massive scales, both relating to time and space, through the complex dialogue it generates between the installation and its environment.

The beauty of living in New York City is discovering culture in the most unassuming of places, and it is always surprising to hear how many people have never visited The Earth Room or are unaware of its existence.

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Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are the designers behind New York-based fashion house, Proenza Schouler. Since launching the brand in 2002, the pair have been awarded numerous honors including the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2004, and the ceremony’s most prestigious honor, womenswear designer of the year, in 2007.

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