Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Art + Design Student Heads Unique Crowdfunding Project in New Mexico

Art + Design Student Heads Unique Crowdfunding Project in New Mexico

Lama Earthwork Rendering

Lama Earthwork from liz koerner on Vimeo.

SDSU furniture and woodworking graduate student Liz Koerner, with colleague and collaborator Kathy Lam, have taken on a unique and ambitious crowdfunded, build and design project at HEREKEKE Arts Center in northern New Mexico. The project, titled Lama Earthwork, began last summer with construction slated for this coming August. A Hatchfund fundraiser is currently underway to raise money for building costs and to support a team of volunteers.

Lama Earthwork is a collaborative, community project focused on the transformation of an abandoned swimming hole into an immersive outdoor space for contemplation and restoration. With a palette of locally sourced, natural materials the existing site’s structure will be mended, providing foundation for a meditative space open to the sky. This subterranean place of repose will provide a peaceful sanctum for engaging nature and inviting wonder, at an important time to support hope and hopefulness.

Located on a ranch in the remote community of Lama, 20 miles north of Taos, HEREKEKE is a nonprofit arts center promoting sustainable practices in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. HEREKEKE serves a diverse population that includes nationally and internationally recognized creative professionals, as well as the local community of all ages. It offers contemplation and silence among the dramatic landscape of mountains, canyons, forests and semi-arid desert.

Lama Earthwork will be located next to HEREKEKE Arts Center’s main building as a peaceful contemplation space for visiting artists and the local community. For more information and to make a contribution please visit hatchfund.org. To follow the project on social media visit Lama Earthwork on Facebook and @lamaearthwork on Instagram.

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