Brooklyn, New York
Heirloom cabbage seedlings & mixed media
6'' x variable, 2008
Photography by Leah Gauthier
to envision given todays hyper-ubanized landscape, Brooklyn, not so terribly
long ago, was once farmland. According to Of Cabbages and Kings County,
a historical account of rural Brooklyn, folks who worked the land in the
19th century were mainly descendants of the original Dutch settlers. Using
slave labor and city waste as fertilizer, they became one of the leading
producers of vegetables (mainly potatoes and cabbage) in the nation.
process of de-agriculturalization through suburbanization and finally
urbanization after such prosperity involved real estate development, less
committed and knoweldgable heirs, high cost of labor, and an encroaching
modern, and sophistcated population with little respect and tolerance
for the sights and smells and noise of the farm.
Cabbage was an installation
of heirloom cabbage seedlings hung in memory of the farms that once stood
around the site of 0.00156 Gallery.