Edible Estates

Attack on the Front Lawn

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Edible Estates
In this Dialogue on Art and Architecture, Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923) reminisces with Hans Ulrich Obrist about his early career, his teachers (Max Beckmann, Brancusi, Leger and Vantongerloo) and particularly on the relation of his work to architecture: "architects are usually the first people who understand my work," he tells Obrist here, while describing his many collaborations in this field. Throughout this beautiful publication runs a series of collaged and overpainted postcards by Kelly, dating from 1949 to 1984, which are reproduced here for the first time. These postcards, referred to throughout the dialogue, are unlike any of Kelly's paintings and sculptures, particularly in their use of body imagery; others are closer to familiar Kelly terrain, as projections of torn colored paper forms onto found landscapes and architecture. This artist's book makes a wonderfully unusual record of a warm encounter.
Publisher: New York NY : Metropolis Books, 2010
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 1935202138
Branch Call Number: 712.6 E234 2010
Characteristics: 175 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Haeg, Fritz
Allen, Will 1949-


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Gain inspiration from the experts! Documents the eight Edible Estates regional prototype gardens that author Fritz Haeg has planted in California, Kansas, Texas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and England, and includes personal accounts from the homeowner-gardeners about the pleasures and challe... Read More »

This is the book that inspired me to dig up my front lawn and I'm so glad I did! You too can have a beautiful urban farm in your own front yard!

This is the book that inspired me to dig up my front lawn and I'm so glad I did! You too can have a beautiful urban farm in your own front yard!

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Jun 16, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Awesome Book! Very motivating. I am ripping out some of my grass already this summer, making a perennial bed and a vegetable bed. Can't wait to do more! Great essays by Rosalind Creasy and Michael Pollan, plus profiles of 3 US families that converted to Edible Estates front yards complete with designs and photos. A must read for folks looking to have the nerve to do something better with their own little plot of grass.

Apr 07, 2011
  • NetNerd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the concept, and will be advocating for frontyard gardens in Mundelein. I've asked the village just to make sure, and they gave me the green light.

Starting mine this coming saturday!!

There's another book with an intro from Fritz called "Edible Front Yard", and that book goes more into making an edible landscaped frontyard that looks more landscaped and decorative, and not so "I've got a garden in the front!"

either way, Your land is your land.


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