New York: 1980's-. A collection of material relating to Adam Purple's Garden of Eden, which he constructed on the Lower East Side beginning in 1975 in a vacant lot behind his besidence, and grew it over the years as a public garden, using only hand tools, and famously biking up to Central Park to collect manure from the carriage horses. After the development book began in the 1980's, The Storefront for Art and Architecture held an exhibition of ideas to incorporate the garden into new development, but the projects were not adopted, and the city destroyed the garden in 1986.
1. Adam Purple. Speciesurvival. 4to, single sheet folded once. Printed in purple. Illustrated with photographs of Purple in his garden, spelling out phrases in stone, with text in code, numbers and English running beneath. Laid in are four sheets of paper, all photomechanically reproduced, including reproductions from articles on architecture, as well as a sheet of a map of the garden, with text excerpted from Adam Purple's 1982 Application for Artist Certification. Rare. OCLC locates no holdings.
2. Help! Save This Internationally Recognized Earthwork! New York: c. 1984. 8 1/2 x 11" flyer, photomechanically reproduced.
3. The Garden of Eden Fund Raising Benefit. New York, 1984. 8 1/2 x 11" flyer, photomechanically reproduced. Flyer announcing a fund-raising event at the Garden. The lower portion of the flyer advertises the 1984 exhibition at the Storefront For Art & Architecture.
4. The Garden of Eden. Will We Fall From It A Second Time? 8 1/2 x 11" flyer, offset printed on newsprint. Advertises a lecture by Purple at New York University.
5. Memorial for Adam Purple. 8 1/2 x 12" flyer, photomechanically reproduced. An announcement for Purple's Memorial at La Plaza Community Garden, along with a related exhibition at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space.
6. Adam Purple Burial and Memorial Fund. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" flyer, computer printed. Item #25741