EMPOWERING PEOPLE | PLANET | LEGACIES
ART + EARTH
KISS THE GROUND
supported by a grant from the California Arts Council and the Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts
LOS ANGELES, CA
supported by a grant from the California Arts Council and Bob Blumenfield, Los Angeles City Council District 3
COUNCIL DISTRICT 3 OFFICE
Kiss the Ground
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and KISS THE GROUND.
This piece of public art is produced in association with Kiss the Ground, a regenerative agriculture and soil health non profit in Los Angeles. It is funded in part by the California Arts Council within their Artists in Communities grant and the Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation.
This mural depicts a respect and reverence for the ground we all walk on and the importance of maintaining healthy and thriving ecosystems. The artwork is directly guided and inspired by the Rumi quote, “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground” and in promotion of the mission of the organization Kiss the Ground. It depicts microscopic elements (i.e. H20, carbon, etc) represented through geometric forms, people of all ethnicities and ages reverently kissing the ground, native grasses behind the figures with flowers and cross pollinators, and a cross section of the soil showing the inorganic and organic sub-surface world. The bottom section of the mural shows mycorrhizal fungi, earthworms and microscopic creatures like tardigrades. At the very bottom are the water table, rocks and copepods.
“This mural is chock-full of beauty and meaning; it is intended to both bring color to a blank parking lot wall, but also educate the public on the importance of soil health, regenerative agriculture and environmental stewardship. The health of our people and planet is a direct reflection of the health of our soil.” - 11:11 Co-Director Addy Gonzalez Renteria
“Public art has the ability to offer new perspectives on old problems, to incite conversation, empower change, and help people connect to issues in new ways. It allows us to see ourselves, our communities, and challenges within larger societies, and find solace but also inspiration in our shared space.11:11 A Creative Collectives works to empower necessary conversations by facilitating public art with advocacy in the forefront.”
- 11:11 Co-Director Erin Stone
This mural is produced in association with the Theodore Payne Foundation, a regenerative agriculture and soil health non profit in Los Angeles. It is funded in part by the California Arts Council within their Artists in Communities grant, the Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation and the office of Council member Bob Blumenfield.
Trees are an essential part of human and environmental health. In CA, we’ve experienced widespread tree die-offs from disease, drought, fire, insect infestations, as well as designed loss of urban canopy. Our native coastal live oak (quercus agrifolia) is a cornerstone species of the California environment. They provide shelter and support for 100’s of species and like the California poppy and brown bear are representative of the state’s ecological heritage. It’s essential for the health of our communities to prioritize trees and integrate nature into built environments. The hope is that this mural will continuously remind the public of how beautiful and important our native species are.