“If you go into a park everything is planned, designed and landscaped. Here no one has designed it. So when you come out here you are off leash. The dogs run around off leash, the art runs around off leash and I can run around off leash. I am on a leash too often. I like the off leash art, the off leash dogs, the off leash landscape, and the off leash people.
Frankly I am not all that excited for the art to be preserved in what I am afraid will be left of this place. For me it would be a distressing sign if somehow those who have engineered this eviction and the state park for whose benefit this eviction were happening, made a decision that they don’t care about the people. The people can all go but actually we would like to keep this little memento of this period. But I do think the art is going to go too.
To me it is a great sadness that this landfill experiment will disappear. The landfill has been a creative and self-sustaining eco system that includes all varieties of people and the dogs and the birds and the trees and the art, and all that is going to go. There are not many places left where you can see how nature reclaimed the rubble of our society. Everything that is there grew on its own and you can see how nature has taken over and restored what we have destroyed. The signs of that experiment are going to go. And the experiment in living is going to go also because we don’t have a safety net for the people who are out there, for people who have nothing. We don’t have anything for them, but here is a place where it doesn’t cost us a dime, where they have actually lived and survived in a way the world is going to have to live--if we are going to prevent the catastrophic destruction of the climate and biosphere that we are working on now because of our over consumption.”
Osha Neuman, (landfill artist and civil rights lawyer)