New York Earth Room

New York Earth Room information

New York City , USA
141 Wooster St
btwn Prince & W Houston Sts
+1 212 989 5566
Getting there
Subway: N/R to Prince St
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Opening hours
noon-3pm & 3.30-6pm Wed-Sun, closed mid-Jun–mid-Sep
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Since 1980 the oddity of the New York Earth Room, the work of artist Walter De Maria, has been wooing the curious with something not easily found in the city: dirt (250 cu yd, or 280,000lb, of it, to be exact). Walking into the small space is a heady experience, as the scent will make you feel like you’ve entered a wet forest; the sight of such beautiful, pure earth in the midst of this crazy city is surprisingly moving.

A short walk away is De Maria's equally arresting Broken Kilometer .