The New York Earth Room

Art Gallery and Museum
SoHo, New York
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  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DayNovember 11, 2014
    Ring buzzer 2B and take the stairs to the second floor. The Earth Room is a great escape from the bustling streets of Soho!
  • Dens
    DensFebruary 1, 2014
    Best to visit after the dirt has been watered. Guy running the show (er, as of Jan 2014) says he waters it on Tues and rakes it Wed mornings, so Tues or Wed at lunch time are prob your best bet.
  • Dens
    DensApril 24, 2013
    Anytime I'm on Wooster Street, I try to swing by even if just for 2 minutes. If you catch the Earth Room just after they've watered the dirt it is especially awesome.
  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis VuittonAugust 26, 2011
    As the name suggests, the Earth Room is a room full of dirt. Rich, dark dirt, knee deep, housed in a 3600 square foot room in Soho, intriguing viewers for the past 30 years.
  • nycgo
    nycgoSeptember 23, 2011
    Ring a nondescript buzzer and ascend far above the SoHo streets to a quiet, meditative room filled entirely with dirt. Here, 3,600 square feet of floor space is covered with 280,000 pounds of earth. Read more
  • Aleksandr K.
    Aleksandr KalininskiyMarch 30, 2013
    Ring the 2b buzzer. Walk upstairs to second floor. Look at an awesome apartment sized space filled with dirt. Leave. Contemplate.
  • Anna N.
    Anna NicanorovaJune 2, 2013
    1. Ring the buzzer 2b 2. Walk to second floor and see 3,600 sq feet of prime real estate covered with 280,000 pounds of earth 3. Be astounded, bewildered and confused.
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MirandaMay 25, 2011
    The dirt in this room hasn't been changed since '77 and is watered on a regular basis. In addition, seedlings and mushrooms have been known to spring up.
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterJune 12, 2013
    Bring someone you fancy. The stillness, and the complex scent of earth at just above conscious threshold, is aphrodisiac.
    HUGO BOSSNovember 3, 2010
    HUGO BOSS PRIZE juror Yasmil Raymond is the Dia Foundation's curator, which has administered this De Maria installation, featuring thousands of pounds of dirt spread across the floor of this loft
  • Shadi
    ShadiApril 28, 2013
    Probably the most expensive square meters of mud in the world. Fascinating silence...
  • Raja H.
    Raja HJanuary 9, 2014
    2013-14 Season: September 2013-June 15, 2014. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm (closed from 3-3:30 pm)
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WuApril 23
    Hours: Beginning September 10, Wed.-Sun., noon-6pm (closed 3-3:30) Admission: Free
  • John S.
    John SSeptember 24, 2010
    Go! It's free and surprising. (Note: you will have to walk up a flight of stairs.)
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonDecember 17, 2015
    It's a room full of dirt. It's absurd and cool and smells good.
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 26, 2015
    Great contemplative space
    BLOUIN ARTINFOApril 30, 2010
    Marking its 30th anniversary this year, De Maria's epic installation fills a second-floor loft with a quarter-million pounds of dirt.
  • Andrew F.
    Check out the dirt
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMarch 8
    They say no pictures but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Sabrina B.
    Sabrina BFebruary 15, 2014
    Good if you have a cold
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DoughertyMay 31, 2014
    Big box of dirt
  • Jade L.
    Jade L.April 19, 2015
    Very old soil.
  • Lee B.
    Lee ByronJanuary 10, 2015
    Smell that air. Savor that WTF feeling.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SchroerDecember 27, 2009
    Visit De Maria's Lightening Field in NM. It is life changing.
  • Amber M.
    Amber MarlowMarch 17, 2013
    They won't let you have mud fights :/
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan McKenzieDecember 14, 2013
    It's a room full of dirt.
  • Vika N.
    Vika NovaAugust 21
    Closed till September 14th
  • Ying W.
    Ying WangJanuary 19, 2013
    It's a room full of dirt
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 28, 2009
    Imbibe an roomful of dirt. Contemplate the meaning of sculpture. Oh, yes, it is very real.
  • SirSirAaron [.
    Extremely dirty
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TilleardFebruary 28, 2011
  • Brittany A.
    Brittany AndersonMarch 28, 2010
    Savor the smell of the dirt
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