Study for Commonground 191

Soon after viewing the documentary entitled “Wall” I found myself outlining the concept for a fresco measuring 6’ by 8’. Resonating within the film was the word, “closure” to describe the solution created by this wall. In reality the wall creates enclosure for both sides.

Within the fresco are shaded areas depicting various degrees of opinion. The gold and red easily reflect the wealth and power of one voice. Ground currency is embedded in the cement and holes run along the wall’s base.

Other studies include the Disparity series found at www.commonground191.com

Study: n, an artistic production intended as a preliminary outline esp. as an experimental expression or interpretation of specific features or characteristics.



(February 2002)

n spite of, or maybe because of the situation the world now finds itself the project closest to my heart is a very large Fresco installation.

My vision involves creating a series of 196 abstract panels containing the soil of each of the now 192 countries in the United Nations. For this “Tectonic Art” endeavor, each panel would be 42” by 42” and when assembled 50’ by 50’. Behind the physical fact that each piece includes a part of each country integrated into the individual complexion of the piece lies the foundation of my concept as a whole. It is composed like the Earth itself of visible masses floating off tectonic plates, converging and diverging; but the magma on which they all rest is common ground.

The individual pieces will reflect the identity of each nation, but the implication of the whole is that there is an underlying unity. Just as plate boundaries don’t always correspond to continents. So too are national boundaries an artifact of human history. And just as the geography of the Earth has changed and is changing through plate tectonics, this project expresses the necessity of change and unifying wisdom of the process.

As of June 2009, 187 countries’ soils have been collected.


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