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Various Small Fires

The Harrisons, H28

Helen and Newton Harrison, Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard, 1972, Redwood planters, redwood light boxes, LED grow lights, soil, dwarf lime, lemon, orange and kumquat trees, Dimensions Variable¶, Courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Helen and Newton Harrison, Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard, 1972, Redwood planters, redwood light boxes, LED grow lights, soil, dwarf lime, lemon, orange and kumquat trees, Dimensions Variable¶, Courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Various Small Fires presents a new site-specific variation of an installation from an iconic series by The Harrisons, the Survival Pieces, produced from 1970–72. Since the early ‘70s, each Survival Piece reflected a thoroughly researched proposal for sustainable food production in a future where climate change and subsequent food shortages would be inevitable. These proposals, which materialized as minimalist self-regulating sculptures that produced food for human consumption, marked some of the earliest examples of urban rooftop farming and indoor gardening of both edible plants and animals.

For Focus, The Harrisons are collaborating with a local London-based arborist to remake a site-specific version of Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard (1972), in the context of the Regents Park and post-Brexit Britain, which proposes a future model for the indoor cultivation of edible tree fruits using grow lights.

Presented in the booth alongside this installation are the the original drawings for Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard (1972). These drawings are annotated installation blueprints and instructions, comprising the complete manual and conferring the right to build, maintain, and sustain these sustenance-providing artworks.