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Terra Tumultum

Stories for Fishes (with Fifty-Fifty art collective)

Odes and Epochs

Radiate/Cultivate

MSIG Pilot Project

Blindspot Galleries

Chicago, Illinois


2008
planted by Erik Peterson


Montreal, Quebec, Canada


2008
planted by Sylvia Winkler and Stephan Koeperl


Cerillos, New Mexico


2008
planted by Laurel Hunziker


Madison, Wisconsin


2008
planted by John Hitchcock


Parthenon replica
Nashville, Tennessee



2008
planted by Laelle Busch


Seoul, South Korea


2008
planted by Chang-Soo Kim


White Sands, New Mexico, USA


2007
planted by Lisa Bulawsky


Sun Sphere
Knoxville, Tennessee



2009
planted by Jason Shoemaker


Dream sculpture, St Helens, North West England


2009
planted by Emma Kelly


Fløyen Mountain
Bergen, Norway



2009
planted by Jane Sverdrupsen


rooftop of Hot Bed Press, Salford
Manchester, England



2009
planted by Sean Rorke


Washington D. C., USA


2008
planted by Anne Muntges


Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset, England


2009
planted by Mary Foster


Austin, Texas


2008
planted by Matthew Parks


Brooklyn, New York


2008
planted by Kristyna Comer


Boise Foothills Open Space Preserve
Boise, Idaho, USA



2009
planted by Jill Fitterer


Vermont, USA


2008
planted by Joey Korein


Bristol, England, UK



planted by Stephanie Black


Seattle, Washington


2008
planted by Amanda Knowles


Wales, UK


2008
planted by Richard Noyce


Louisiana, USA


2008
planted by Laelle Busch


North Carolina, USA


2008
planted by Adriane Herman


American Pavilion
Venice Bienale
Venice, Italy



2009
Planted by Tony Garbarini


Kansas City, Missouri, USA


2008
planted by Hugh Merrill


Portland, Oregon


2009
Planted by Don Olsen


Tallahassee, Florida, USA


2009
planted by Holly Hanessian


Burning Man, Nevada


2008
planted by Kacie Smith


West Virginia, USA


2008
planted by Kristy Cherry


Kentucky, USA


2008
planted by Kelda Martensen


Radiate/Cultivate is an ongoing public intervention project initiated by Lisa Bulawsky under the pseudonym of Vertigo Press and implemented with the help of volunteers all over the world. The project capitalizes on the democratic quality of the print/multiple to disseminate its political and environmental message.

In the broadest sense, Radiate-Cultivate is a warning and a comment on humanity's capacity for destruction, indeed for self destruction. It involves the planting of wood cutouts of screenprinted mushroom clouds that are the shape and size of a small bush or oversized flower. Attached to the wood is a garden stake so that it can be easily pushed into the ground.

On the back of the wooden mushroom cloud, a quote is printed in English and in Utopian (Thomas More, author of Utopia, 1516, invented the Utopian alphabet and included it in the original edition of the book). The quote, from Theodor Adorno reads:

"Yet the fully enlightened earth radiates disaster triumphant."

The aim of the project is to call attention to the idea that we are ultimately cultivating our own destruction. In an effort to point toward hope, volunteers are encouraged to plant poppy seeds next to their mushroom cloud. The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance as well as rebirth.

All images © Lisa Bulawsky