a partipatory project artist

fertile creatures series
composting diaper
sapphire pacifier
onesie armor
infant vampire formula

belly back
boob shoulder
c-section cut path

preditorXtreme (series)
fox gun
baby quail grenades

coyote sight
fox guns
prairie dog revolver
baby quail grenades

the dead garden (series)
Winter Shack, Brooklyn, NY
High Desert Test Sites, CA

the portable forest (series)
Dumbo Arts Center & Festival, NYC
The Armory Center for the Arts, CA
The San Deigo Museum of Art
Monte Vista Projects, LA
Sunset Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Human Resources, LA
Washington Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions
Sea and Space Explorations, LA

you are the largest thing on Earth
art of exchange
primal scream painting booth

data planter
blue kiss
island of misfit toys

concept paintings

student waste painting
portal paintings
black holes
LED Paintings

Periphery Murder Mystery
Paradigm Shifts Frighten Small...
A Flat Ontology
born free

Digital Improvisational Ensemble

public art places
organizer, curator, director
sea and space explorations, LA
tree and space, LA
sound in space Festival, LA
100 person solo show, LA

Lara Bank Dead The Garden The Dead Garden
for Spectacular Subdivision
at High Desert Test Sites,
Ironage Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Dimensions variable


Scarlet Cheng, "Spectacular Subdivision in Wonder Valley," Artillery, Apr. 23, 2014 - HTML - PDF

Kim Stringfellow, “Spectacular Subdivision: The Art of the Home," KCET Artbound, Apr. 8, 2014 - HTML - PDF

Gabie Strong, "Earth Art Radio," KCHUNG radio, April 30, 2014 - JPG - HTML

reclaimed lumber, donated dead plants, black sand, black twine, steel, lava rock, perlite, paint, nails, screws, wood glue, vinyl car lettering.

The Dead Garden is a cemetery honoring the flora that we have failed to cultivate in our urban landscapes. It is the darker side of Bank's project, The Portable Forest.

The High Desert Test Sites version was created from friends donated dead plants landscaped around and within the framework of her Los Angeles home.

The project included:
•donated indoor and outdoor plants
•reclaimed lumber found in the streets of LA
•a raised garden of dead edible plants
•custom made pots for each donated potted plant
•custom plaques stating the name of the donor, the plant type and the date it died
•a black Honda CRV with the dead garden logo on hood and back doors towing the project to the desert from LA

Donated potted plants were placed inside or outside the layout dependent on if they were indoor or outdoor plants. Plants that were in the ground were buried in the sand and “levitating” a few inches off the ground with steel posts. Plants from the Bank household and previous art project were placed at approximate locations of where they died at her home.

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