Each EbM site is many places at once.
Each is the home to a site specific artwork. To this end, we make a commitment to the artists not to undermine their efforts and their vision by imposing other works on it.
Each site is also a commons, a property owned by the local community. We encourage them to use the site in ways that benefit and enliven their experience.
Each site is also an island, one small peak of the sculpture garden range emerging from our Earth as the non-contiguous sculpture garden slowly reveals itself to be a planet as sculpture garden.
ESP is one of the ways we hope to bring this third and most difficult vision into focus. ESP are commissions from artists to create works that engage and touch on all of our sites, artworks as nets encompassing Sculpture Garden Earth, without imposing on the existing artworks upon them. To date we have made four commissions through ESP.
In 02017 we began cataloging our sites for Nicole Seisler’s City Souvenirs project. One by one, we are re-visiting our sites and with the help of local community members capturing an impression in porcelain of a notable characteristic. These impressions are sent back to Nicole, who fires the porcelain souvenirs and adds them to the EbM annex in her growing museum of impressions from around the world.
In 02017 began installing a non-recording pinhole CCTV network on all of our sites. Created by Charlie Schneider, the cameras are intended to act as on-site witnesses, observing and creating images of the things that occur in their field of view, but without recording the images for posterity and without infringing upon privacy.
The basic premise of the CCTV Pinhole Camera is simple: to bear witness to the land, events, objects, art and people within its field of vision. These sited, sculptural, non-traditionally-functional cameras continuously form images, while recording and sharing nothing. They are autonomous. These devices are intended to be analogous to another human consciousness—while it is possible to imagine what these cameras see, their imagery is inaccessible and it becomes necessary to accept these devices as fellow observers. And although each camera is an independent device, they will be placed at every Earthbound Moon installation site as a conceptually integrated project, the Earthbound Moon Pinhole Camera CCTV System. They provide the ever-seeing eye as protection (that many inform us we should have on our sites), while protecting the privacy and autonomy we feel is at the heart of the sites.
More intrusively, we are working with Evanston, Illinois, artist Stel Valavanis to create a system to transmit site data in real time to the web by 02018. Inspired by projects like the Array Of Things we are developing an object that can share our sites’ temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, images, sound, and eventually scent. This information is knit together as a fanciful map presenting Sculpture Garden Earth as if it were a single site. As someday it will be. Our physically non-contiguous sculpture garden will become contiguous in the cloud.
We expect to launch our fourth project in 02018 with artist Joseph G Cruz.