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Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
James Smith Pierce purchased a 17-acre plot of land east of the Kennebec River in Clinton, Maine. He spent the next 15 years crafting 20 distinct pieces of land art on what was called Pratt Farm, or, as Pierce called it, a “garden of history.” His work on Pratt Farm spanned millennia by blending earthworks with local and foreign history.
The images in this collection document the progress and completion of Mound, a comparatively simple formation that utilized leftover dirt from Pierce's other projects.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, James Smith Pierce received his PhD in art history from Harvard University. During his career as a professor, Pierce also became an accomplished artist, whose artworks were included in important exhibitions (including a show on land art at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, DC) and books on contemporary earthworks and site-specific sculpture. Pierce was also a photographer, exhibition curator, and art collector.
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Original slide in excellent condition. Digitally preserved 2019.