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April Greiman
Walk Earth Talk
1991


Project Area: CBD/Financial Core
Project: Citicorp Plaza Phase I
Project Location: Ernst & Young Plaza, 725 S. Figueroa Street
Project Type: Developer

Description:

In collaboration with poet Lucille Clifton, thirty 11" square granite plaques incised with Clifton's poetry were laid into the floor of the pavilion behind the office tower facing 7th Street. The individual pavers have letters and words in different colors, sizes, and fonts. These pavers form word sequences that can be assembled and reassembled into poems.

"Walk Earth Talk" recognizes the viewer as an integral part of the delicate balance of nature. The project's intent was to bring the spirit of a nurturing earth mother into a space defined as male by its surrounding tall, powerful buildings; therefore subtly, but fundamentally, changing the character of place without altering its outward appearance drastically.

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Artist Profile

April Greiman was born in New York City and studied graphic design at Allgemeine Kuntsgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland and the Kansas City Art Institute.  After working as a free-lance designer in New York City, Greiman moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and established her multi-disciplinary design practice, Made in Space.  Since the early 1980s, April Greiman has been a pioneering force in garnering acceptance for the use of advanced technology in the design process.  Greiman’s approach to her work blends science and technology with words, images, texture, and space.  Her most recent public art commission is for a Wilshire/Vermont development in Los Angeles.