On West Davis at Van Buren, farming as art

What the heck is going on at 715 W. Davis? That’s the 1.75-acre former car dealership lot where Rick Garza has proposed an apartment complex.

Several weeks ago, we spied Oak Cliff husband-and-wife Cynthia Mulcahy and Robert Hamilton making rows for planting. Mulcahy was tight-lipped about it then and would only say they were “curating a temporary nature-based public art project.”

Today Mulcahy, a curator who runs a farm near Glenrose, announced the project on her website, Mulcahy Modern.

So what’s going on at 715 W. Davis is an art installation called “Seventeen Hundred Seeds.” From the website: “A temporary, site-specific land art project, a collaboration between artist Robert Hamilton and curator Cynthia Mulcahy,
located in an empty 1.6-acre lot…”

Mulcahy says she is planning a public reception from 6:30-8:30 May 19.


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  • Cynthia Mulcahy

     Love that you took the time to post these photos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yourethejournal Rachel Stone

     Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheila.morrow2 Sheila Morrow

    Here are a couple of pictures of 715 W . Davis from the early 1990’s. My father took the pictures when he purchased 738 W Davis. Its hard to believe that it is the same block. 

  • Cynthia Mulcahy

    Please note the website link is not currently working, but here’s the new one:
    http://www.mulcahymodern.com/Pages/default.aspx
    We began a transition of our website to a new server on April 27th, rather inconveniently for any press links that might be affected.
    More updated info about the public reception for this public art project can be found on the link above. Thanks! Cynthia Mulcahy

  • Karentbb

     Thank you for setting the record straight on the previous land use at that address.  I was very concerned when I saw planting there.  My late husband, Byron Cameron, was an environmental inspector for the City of Dallas.  He worked for many years along side Mr. Smith to close Dallas Plating down and get that site cleaned up.

  • David Spence

    Hurray for those clever artists!

    Correction:  715 W. Davis wasn’t a car lot.  It was the site of Dallas Plating Company, which contaminated the soil with heavy metals.  Kidd Springs activist Karl Smith badgered the EPA into declaring the location a “brownfield,” which resulted in the feds remediating the site — making it suitable for Farm Art and whatever Mr. Garza will build there.

  • David Spence

    Hurray for those clever artists!

    Correction:  715 W. Davis wasn’t a car lot.  It was the site of Dallas Plating Company, which contaminated the soil with heavy metals.  Kidd Springs activist Karl Smith badgered the EPA into declaring the location a “brownfield,” which resulted in the feds remediating the site — making it suitable for Farm Art and whatever Mr. Garza will build there.

  • OCmom

    I can’t wait to see it!

  • http://twitter.com/mommyswishlist mommyswishlist

    My kid and I had been trying to figure out what they were growing there. Thanks for letting us know!