Elder's Hill. Kultivator Farm, Öland, Sweden. Earth form, root cellar, building materials. 2013.

Elder's Hill is an on-site project by M12 (USA) and Kultivator (SE) located in Öland Sweden. As a collaborative work, Elder's Hill is emblematic of M12 and Kultivator’s artistic practice, based largely around cultural exchange and intergenerational knowledge within a rural context. There are two main components to the work: a root cellar and an open-air classroom. Inspired by 19th century sod-houses and earth shelters built both on the American Plains and in rural Sweden, the structure is built using earth, stone, and wood with simple hand tools and materials readily available in the landscape. Elder's Hill provides a framework for rural social engagement as well a useful space to blur the lines between landscape, education, and art. The root cellar performs as an archive of traditional rural culinary traditions where food is preserved under ground. The open-air classroom, located on top of the root cellar, is a space for social cooperation, sharing, and teaching by our elders. A roughly 70-year old fallen tree has been placed in the middle of the space to fill a need for classroom seating, but also encourages reflection on the themes apparent in the work.