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w|edge folk:land Survey Project

May - December 2016

Tent, Tool Kit, Participants

Rip-stop nylon, bug netting, para cord, nylon webbing, stakes, assembled and fabricated tools for interaction, soil and water testing kits, field guides, and drawing supplies.


w|edge folk:land Survey Project is a multifaceted mobile art installation designed to incite social engagement between folks and the land they inhabit. Inspired by the historical American tent style wedge and “edge” which indicates the outside limit of an area.  Folk refers to participants and that the project facilitator is a self-taught surveyor. The goal of w|edge is to provoke dialogue about environmental and social interest concerning sustainability using hand-made and found tools, survey and art making methods through: 1) written surveys regarding the participants’ relationships with the survey area and that of their home 2) participants assist in an artful land survey by obtaining data using measurements, observations and tests including soil, water and light, which are processed into drawings on site and 3) utilizing funds granted by Popp's Packing, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Erb Family Foundation, w|edge provided Lead and Copper Corrosion tests to participants during NOMAD Detroit to sample their personal drinking water. Samples were sent to the Michigan DEQ Drinking Water Laboratory, which issued results directly to participants, the Health Department and w|edge.


  1. My Yard, Pleasant Ridge, Michigan 05.16.16

  2. Lake Port State Park, Port Huron, Michigan 05.27.16

  3. Circle Pines Center, Delton, Michigan 06.05.16

  4. Stahl Residence, White Lake, Michigan 07.04.16

  5. Cedar Lake, Oscoda, Michigan 07.12.16

  6. NOMAD, Popp's Packing, Hamtramck, Michigan 07.23.16

  7. Sleeper State Park, Caseville, Michigan 07.28.16

  8. Renaissance Faire Grounds, Holly, Michigan 08.02.16

  9. Janice's Yard, Madison Heights, Michigan 08.09.16

  10. Hoffmaster, Muskegon, MIchigan 08.19.16

  11. Canal Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan 10.01.16

  12. Sleepy Hollow State Park, Laingsburg, Michigan 10.24.16

  13. Riverside Park, Auburn Hills, Michigan 11.01.16

  14. Bladensburg Waterfront, Bladensburg, Maryland 11.19.16

  15. Edgewood Playground, Washington DC 11.24.16

  16. Hancock, Maryland 11.26.16

  17. Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania 11.27.16

  18. Addison Oaks Christmas Tree Farm, Charter Township of Oakland, Michigan 12.07.16

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