Matta-Clark Cleanup Up at Deering

Aesthetics & Values 2018 students from the FIU Honors College collect marine debris at Chicken Key in Miami (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Students from the Aesthetics & Values class of the FIU Honors College are assisting The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark to construct Garbage Wall for the 2017 Untitled Miami Beach art fair. Students are collecting marine debris from the Deering Estate to be utilized in the construction of the wall.

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.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Garbage Wall. Photo: Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark.