The New York Earth Room
If you are familiar with New York, then you already know that Soho is the kind of neighbourhood filled with nooks and crannies where the oddest things can turn up. If you go to 141 Wooster, ring the buzzer and once admitted walk up the stairs, you will find the New York Earth Room. 280 000 pounds of dark soil, 22″ deep. It has been there since 1980. You may not touch or photograph the dirt. You may look at it, though, and contemplate it as much as you like. I have mixed feelings about this piece, but the reviews on Yelp are excellently touching and hilarious by turns.
New York Earth Room is a long-term installation by Walter De Maria, and is maintained by the Dia Foundation like many of De Maria’s other works such as The Broken Kilometer, practically around the corner at Broadway just south of Canal.
Admission is free, Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm (closed from 3-3:30 pm)
Sadly, it is currently closed but will re-open September 12.