SUPERMARKET

JOSHUA TREENIAL

 

The native people who lived near what is now Joshua Tree National Park knew the big secret: it was a very large “supermarket”.

Among other plant resources, acorns, mesquite, pods, pinyon nuts, seeds, berries, and cactus fruits were available for the taking. The natives used plants for making bows and arrows, cordage, baskets, mats, seed-beaters, and other articles as well as for medicines. They hunted bighorn sheep, deer, rabbits, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

SUPERMARKET is an installation that is inspired both by the ability of native American communities to adapt to desert resources and collect them but also to wood as a basic building material in this arid region.