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Foreign Policy in Focus

Common Ground article in Foreign Policy in Focus



I'm Digging Up Dirt in 193 Countries. Here's Why.

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Re Sculpt



International Sculpture Center

L.A. Artist Gary Simpson .... read more

Chart Porn

Chart Art



Chart Porn - data visualization you just gotta love

Artist Gary Simpson created a series of frescos in 2006 based on global indicators .... read more

Modern Weekly China, July 2014, Xiaomei Chan

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"Create Art with Soil, Repair the Earth with Art"

DHL Article

Network magazine - December 2009

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"Moving the earth"

How DHL Express International dug in to support artist Gary Simpson's Common Ground 191 project.


Know Soil Know Life

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"Know Soil Know Life"

Common Ground 191 has been featured in this recently published book "Know Soil Know Life".


Soil Science Society of America


"Soil as art: Common Ground 191"

Soil Science Society of America


Orange County Register


"Huntington Beach Art Center spotlights man and nature"


Huntington Beach Independent

"From North Korea to Main Street"

la times

"September 11 Artist Will Use Dirt to Paint a Unified Portrait"

"Finding Common Ground Through Art:

This Artweek.LA (August 1-7)"

Security Council Clears Way for South Sudan's

UN Membership

Common Ground Magazine

December 2010-January 2011; Page 24

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Santa Ana, California - A new exhibition by Gary Simpson entitled “Commonground191” featuring artworks created from the soils of 38 United Nations countries will be on display in Terminal A of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery at John Wayne Airport (JWA) now through February 22, 2010.

On display are 14 paintings created with soil collected from 38 different countries, along with samples of the soils and information explaining the process of collection and importation. The exhibition at John Wayne Airport is a portion of a larger project Simpson began in 2002, also known as Study 14/38 in reference to the number of paintings made and the number of different countries represented. When complete, the full project will feature paintings created with the soil representing 192 countries.

“I take my medium and my inspiration from the Earth”, says artist Gary Simpson. “I view my abstract art as expression of my relation to the Earth. As the geography of the earth changes so too do national boundaries. This project expresses for me the necessity of change and the unifying wisdom of the process.”

One of the pieces from ‘Commonground191’ by Gary Simpson now on display at John Wayne Airport.

Ticketed passengers who have passed through security will be able to view the display, which will be shown across from Gates 11 – 14 in Terminal A of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, serves nearly nine million passengers annually and is governed by the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors.


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Laguna News Post, 2006
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"Big Ideas"
Theo Douglas - OC Weekly

"A Quest for Common Ground"
Roberta Carasso - Laguna News Post

"Artworks with a Magnanimous Vision"
Liz Goldner - Orange County Register

"This Dirt Has meaning - Soil from Auschwitz, Mandela's Jail"
Richard Chang - Orange County Register

"Simpson Finds Common Ground"
Roberta Carasso - Laguna News Post

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What astronauts have had to say after seeing Earth from space.



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