PRESS

[2010.06.17] Cohabitaire, “Bombs Away! Weapons for Guerilla Gardeners”

[2010.04.12] The G. Canyon, , “Ceci n’est pas un revolver”

[2009.03.01] DIF, No. 65, “Guerilla Gardening” (Coming Soon)

[2008.11.26] CCA, “Tools For Action”

[2008.07.30] Salon.com, "Power to the Flower"

[2008.07.22] Dallas Morning News, "Who Doesn't Love a Commemorative Gun?"

[2008.06.19] Hartford Advocate, "Back to the Garden: A New Generation of Johnny Appleseeds"

[2008.05.27] C-Ville, "And Now For Something Completely Different..."

[2008.02.XX] Pacific San Diego, "Love That!", Page 16 (10MB PDF)

[2008.01.28] Treehugger.com, "Plant That Pistol"

[2007.12.XX] Richmond Magazine, "The New Way to Put a Flower in a Gun"

[2007.08.XX] ARENA (Turkish Version), "Yesil Silahlanma" (Coming Soon)

[2007.05.24] Los Angeles Times/ HOME Section, "Seeds of Change"

[2007.04.XX] ReadyMade Magazine, "Review: Product Placement" (Coming Soon)

[2007.01.16] NOTCOT, “Plant The Piece”

[2006.XX.XX] RVA Magazine, "The Makings of a Project: Design With a Conscience" (Coming Soon)

[2006.08.02] Style Weekly, "The Little Green War"

[2006.05.17] RVA Magazine, "ALR Design's Noah Scalin" (Coming Soon)

[2005.03.XX] PBS Broadcast/ Virginia Currents Program/ #1418 (Coming Soon)

[2004.12.XX] Slow Education/ Volume 1 Issue 1, "Plant The Piece" (2MB PDF) (Coming Soon)

[2004.09.29] Style Weekly, "Loud and Clear: Finally, An Art Show Gets Political"

[2004.06.11] Richmond Times Dispatch, "Two Artists' Firepower Turns Into Flower Power" (PDF) (Coming Soon)

[2004.05.12] Style Weekly, "Guns as Art"

THE SIMPLE ACT

Over time and with the appropriate amount of nurturing, the simple act of planting a seed can create life; sustenance and beauty. By applying a dedication to the act, we can unite the audience and promote a discussion for change. With our literal sowing of these "Seed Guns" we visually eliminate the violence from our community and pay respect to the many lives lost and affected. And in nurturing the "Guns" to flower- we are then committed to change while at the same time we are give something back to the community.



CALL TO ACTION

Purchase a "Seed Gun" [$175.00]. Wildflower seed content will be based on City and State of Purchaser unless specified otherwise. Shipping and handling included. Orders take from 4 to 6 weeks before delivery. For international orders, email plantthepiece@threemiles.com or call 804-677-1151.







"Seed Gun" Architecture: [Plaster Press Mold of 9mm 910 Pistol] *Red Clay Powder *Dry Organic Humus Compost *Water *Seed Mixture of Annual & Perennial Species Native & Naturalized to any Region



AT YOUR SERVICE

The artists are available for lectures and workshops. If you are interested, please email plantthepiece@threemiles.com or call 804-677-1151.



CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

None at this time. Check back soon.


PAST EXHIBITIONS

[2009.10.06] Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, "Actions: What You Can Do With the City"- Chicago, IL- USA

[2008.11.26] Canadian Center for Architecture, "Actions: What You Can Do With the City"- Montreal, QC Canada

[2008.06.XX] Women Against Gun Violence, Fundraising Event, Los Angeles- California USA

[2008.04.25] Piedmont Community College, "Other Show"- Piedmont, Virginia USA

[2008.01.17] World Museum of Culture, "Take Action! 83 Ways to Change the World"- Gothenburg, Sweden

[2007.11.02] McGuffy Art Center, "Artivism 2"- Charlottesville, Virginia USA

[2007.05.01] Santa Monica Museum of Art/ Gracie- Santa Monica, California USA

[2007.04.06] David Baker + Partners Architects, "Annual Party"- San Francisco, California USA

[2006.11.30] Carter- Jones Park, Friends of Fonticello and KABOOM! Build Day Dedication- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2005.08.29] Fulton Hill Neighborhood Resource Center, "Site Proposals"- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2005.05.05] C3, "The Culmination"- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2005.04.02] Fulton Hill Neighborhood Resource Center- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.12.03] 1708 Gallery, "Small Works"- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.10.30] Bizarre Market/ Chop Suey Books- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.09.03] Plant Zero, "On Message"- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.08.29] Vegetarian Festival/ Bryan Park- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.07.10] 17.5 Ethos Cafe- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.06.26] Bizarre Market/ Chop Suey Books- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.06.11] Chop Suey Books- Richmond, Virginia USA

[2004.05.07] Upcast Gallery- Richmond, Virginia USA


PUBLICATIONS

Badger, Gina. "Digging, Sowing, Tending, Harvesting (Making War-Fair)." Public (41) Art Culture Ideas: Gardens. Erin Despard & Monkia Kin Gagon, editors; 2010.

Reynolds, Richard. On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries. Bloomsbury USA; 2008.

Actions: What You Can Do With The City. Canadian Centre for Architecture/ SUN; 2008.

 

THE ARTISTS

Christopher Humes
[Artist/ Architectural Designer/ Activist]

Noah Scalin
[Artist/ Graphic Designer/ Activist]


HISTORY

In 2004, the Richmond, Virginia homicide total reached 101. That same year, the traveling art installation, Plant The Piece, memorialized each murder victim by creating a “Gun”. As venues became available, ten original installations containing “Guns” were erected and the public was able to view an unfortunate statistic in an extraordinary light. The exhibit was inspired by the techniques and philosophies of Japanese radical gardener Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka said, "The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings." Each installation was a unique reflection of it's host venue and audience. The traveling exhibit was enormously successful as it tackled a most sensitive matter that had no apparent solution. The "Seed Guns" were created using a Native American technique, which was popularized by Fukuoka. Because the "Guns" are made out of red clay, dry organic compost, and a mixture of annual-perennial species of wildflowers native and naturalized to any area, they can grow when left directly on the surface of the ground. The "Seed Guns" are still available for individual sale and continue to be created for exhibits around the world.


IMAGE GALLERY (2004)