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Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison Project Gallery

Major Projects

Lagoon Cycle, 1972-1984

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The Lagoon Cycle, perhaps one of the Harrisons' most well known projects, is a work of over 50 parts. It is a large portable mural with both images and text with two characters modeled after the Harrisons: Lagoonmaker and Witness. There are seven numbered lagoons, although the lagoons were not created in chronological order. It includes “The First Lagoon: The Lagoon at Upouveli,” “The Second Lagoon: Sea Grant,” “The Third Lagoon: The House of Crabs,” “The Fourth Lagoon: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory,” “The Fifth Lagoon: From the Salton Sea to the Pacific; From the Salton Sea to the Gulf,” “The Sixth Lagoon: On Metaphor and Discourse,” and “The Seventh Lagoon:The Ring of Fire; The Ring of Waters.”

Survival Pieces, 1970-1974

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There are six Survival Pieces : “Survival Piece No. 1 - Hog Pasture,” “Survival Piece No. 2 - Notations on the Eco System of the Western Salt Works (With the Inclusion of Brine Shrimp),” “Survival Piece No. 3 - Portable Fish Farm,” “Survival Piece No. 4 - La Jolla Promenade,” “Survival Piece No. 5 - Portable Orchard,” “Survival Piece No. 6 - Portable Farm.” Over the years, the Harrisons re-numbered their Survival Pieces, but the content remained the same.

Peninsula Europe, 1999-2007

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Funded by Culture 2000 of the European Union, Deutsche Bundes Umwelt Stiftung (the education branch of the Nature Protection Agency of the German Government), Schweisfurth Foundation of Munich, and BUGA 2001 at Potsdam, Peninsula Europe has been exhibited extensively. Peninsula Europe argued that a unique pattern emerged from the European landscape when geophysical Europe is viewed as a peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides with its eastern boundary formed by the Vistula and Dnestr Rivers as they descend from the Carpathians to the wetlands of the Russian plain. The Harrisons organized much of their Peninsula Europe material based on location, which has been maintained as much as possible. The locations are: Aachen, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Denmark; France; Holland; Norway; Potsdam, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic. The project is also titled “Peninsula Europe: The High Grounds.”