Garbage Wall, 1970/2017
Mixed media debris collected from Miami Beach and Marina, cement
Presented by the Estate of Gordon Matta Clark
To acknowledge the first Earth Day on April 22 1970, Gordon Matta-Clark created Garbage Wall as part of a four-day performance of “a home street cycle growing from and returning to garbage.” The following year he recreated and refined the piece in reaction to the homelessness crisis in New York City, employing his architectural training to construct a durable building element from recycled materials that could be made by anyone. For the sixth edition of Untitled, Miami Beach, The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark will work with students from the Florida International University Honors College to create a version of Matta-Clark’s Garbage Wall with marine debris collected from Miami’s Deering Estate. The films Fire Child(1970) and Day’s End (1975) by Gordon Matta-Clark will also be on view.