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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

CAFE GRATITUDE

LOS ANGELES, CA

2021

OAK TENDERS

supported by a grant from the California Arts Council and Bob Blumenfield, Los Angeles City Council District 3

COUNCIL DISTRICT 3 OFFICE

RESEDA, CA

2021

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