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Series Record

Title :
Earthworks Symposium videotapes
Record Group :
Arts Commission
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Series Date(s) :
1979-1979  Begin Date: 1979    End Date: 1979 
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The 1979 King County Arts Commission project, "Earthworks: Land Reclamation as Sculpture," explored the possibilities of rehabilitating technologically abused land (gravel pits, surface mines, landfill sites, etc.) as environmental artworks. The project was undertaken in two phases. Phase I was the construction of an earthwork sculpture by artist Robert Morris at Johnson Pit #30, a former King County gravel pit now located in the City of SeaTac. Phase II was an artists' design symposium held in Seattle in July - August 1979. Both project phases were filmed on videotape. Drawing on these recordings, King County Arts Commission staff sought to produce a documentary film on the Earthworks project. It was to be broadcast on public television and distributed to environmental and arts-related agencies. Grant funding was not realized for the project and the film was never produced. The twenty-five one-inch videotapes were transferred to the King County Archives in 1991. The tapes include documentation of early site clearing and construction at the Phase I site (Johnson Pit #30), symposium introductions, panel discussions, and seminars; interviews with symposium artists and Arts Commission personnel; and other symposium events. The series has been arranged chronologically. Related series: Series 278, Arts Commission Earthwork Symposium administrative files; Series 1742, Arts Commission Earthwork Symposium coordinator records; and Series 1747, Office of Cultural Resources Project files: Robert Morris earthwork (symposium photographs). Digital excerpts of some videos may be found on the King County Archives Web site. Two excerpts (Johnson Pit sitework and footage of artist Beverly Pepper) in VHS format are in Series 1747, Box 4.
Physical Description :
6 records cartons (7.44 cubic feet) containing 22 reels of videotape.
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