Earlier this month, British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey began seeding the National Theatre's Lyttelton Flytower. Working with as many as 16 helpers, the artists schlepped two and a half tons of clay up scaffolding to be slathered across the entire surface area of the 10-story tower. Once that was done, the fun began. Rather than roll ready-made sod, each artist seeded nine square yards to cover the entire tower.
Ackroyd & Harvey have worked with grass before: In 2003, they redecorated the interior of a former church in London by covering every square inch with grass; a year later they covered a mausoleum in the Baltic state of Latvia to create a green shrink-wrapped effect. Toward the end of the exhibit's life (the piece comes down 17 June 2007), the grass will yellow and wilt as all living things some day die. â€œIt's never easy to see a piece degrade,â€ Ackroyd told the London Daily Telegraph. â€œIt's always slightly disturbing.â€
Check out National Theatre's website to watch a short documentary about the project.