Land Stitches

Earth Stitches are an impossible site-specific artwork that consists of large-scale ‘stitches’ of 36-strand synthetic fiber rope measuring up to 500’ in length. The stitches are situated on site as if emerging from the ground, punctured by a gigantic sewing needle.

 
Earth Stitches are visible mends within the landscape at sites of environmental disruption. This site-specific intervention takes place at an oil field located within the Permian Basin, the largest petroleum-producing basin in the United States.  Positioned at sites of oil jack pumps, these sutures within the landscape assuage the over 400 rigs located throughout the Basin. 

 

© 2020 by J. Matthew Thomas

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Earth Stitch: Monument (closeup)