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Prairie Futures

Joes, Colorado

An environmental art installation inspired by farmhouses and crop circles. 


The Prairie Sea Projects is an art initiative that builds across disciplines and imagines new space for rural communities to thrive. They have just opened a new art installation called Prairie Futures.

Located on the Benton Family Homestead, west of Grassroots Community Center, between the liquor store and the old church, Prairie Futures is a public artwork and agriculture landscape installation which aims to cultivate cross-disciplinary approaches to climate compassion through art practices and social connections in the Colorado High Plains.

Inspired by farmhouse architecture and crop circle formations the two-acre site is a social-ecological garden designed for the diversification of regional mono-agricultural plant usage. In association with this experimental land plot, a multi-use outdoor pavilion has been built to reinforce learning across rural and urban areas.

Influenced by regenerative agriculture practices, Prairie Futures supports a rehabilitative approach to food and farming systems that invests in soil health mitigation and water conservation in order to replenish the vitality of our rural community.

In this time of unparalleled urban-rural polarization, the Prairie Futures site is meant to be an activity-rich testing ground for living with arts and culture at its core. They hope to facilitate healing, transformation, and optimism for a more inclusive future for rural Colorado.

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