A Global Art Expression

We have collected soil from ALL 193 countries
! This is a huge accomplishment, with many thanks to our Soil Collection Volunteers for their time and effort. Although the project is called Common Ground 191, there are actually 193 countries in all, so we have one more to go. Why are there 193? This is because in 2006, after the project was well under way, Serbia and Montenegro became independent countries, and South Sudan also became its own country.

This project is about the stories that accompany each soil sample. We welcome multiple samples and stories from each country. If you would like to volunteer, please click here to contact us.


soil sample jars
The photo above shows our Soil Collection Wall. Above each flag sits a jar... About half of the jars are full at this time!

soil samples

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