In 1979, 4Culture—then known as the King County Arts Commission—brought together a unique team of government agencies to create a historic work of public art, designed to rehabilitate land damaged by industry. Artist Robert Morris removed undergrowth from an abandoned 3.7-acre gravel pit in the Kent Valley, terraced the earth, and planted it with rye grass. By creating Johnson Pit #30, Morris returned the land to active use—40 years later, we value it as a gathering place and internationally-celebrated destination. Public Hours: Dawn-dusk, every day of the year. The Robert Morris Earthwork is a 4-acre sculpture and public artwork, with significance as a pioneering example of land reclamation as art. It has garnered an international audience of scholars, students, urban planners, curators, and art enthusiasts. As part of King County’s Public Art Collection, Robert Morris Earthwork is open to the public from dawn to dusk on a daily basis, providing a contemplative open space and an extraordinary view to the Kent Valley below. Johnson Pit #30 was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in October, 2021. "The Earthwork was the first publicly funded project to reclaim an industrially-abused site with art." - The Cultural Landscape Foundation
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