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Artist Collects Dirt As Part Of Statehood Celebration

Charles Michael Ray, SDPB

This year South Dakota turns 125 years old.  One art project celebrating the state’s quasquicentennial incorporates dirt taken from each county in South Dakota and sixty-six bur oak trees set up for display at the state capitol. After being displayed at the capitol, the trees will be planted in the county that loaned the soil.  Altman Studeny is the Plankinton artist behind this project. He visited with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray as he traveled through Pennington County on his way around the state.

Anyone wishing to send some dirt to the project can mail: South Dakotans for the Inclusive Arts, PO Box 1, Plankinton, SD 57368. For more information e-mail sodakgrow125@gmail.com