The New York Earth Room is an interior land-art installation by artist Walter de Maria. Since 1977, 197 cubic meters of earth fill a room on the second floor in 141 Wooster Street in Soho, New York City. The earth is kept humid and the growth of plants or other organisms is prevented by the caretakers. The room is the third of a sequence, the first one was installed in Munich, Germany in 1968 and the second was located in Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany in 1974, but those two no longer exist. The New York room is maintained by the Dia Art Foundation and is open to the public since 1980.
Haus im Schlamm (House in the mud) is a 2005 installation by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra which filled the main room of the Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover with mud.
The installation links back to the origins of the Maschsee (Lake Masch) in Hannover created in the 1930’s by the city government as a part of an employment program which aimed at fighting unemployment and providing hard working conditions and low wages.
Images © Dia Art Foundation and Santiago Sierra