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Purchased by a private buyer as part of the Bemis Underground benefit art show and performed at their residence in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Start Time: 5:30pm (date, time, location chosen by buyer)

Duration: 1 Hour

Weather Conditions: Hot and Sunny

Performers:
Driver/Foreman - Doug Hayko
Assistant Site Manager - Maggie Jorgensen
Detox Cleaner #1 - Jackson Hal Cottrell
Detox Cleaner #2 - Katie FS
Detox Cleaner #3 - Eddie Talmadge
Detox Cleaner #4 - Chad Hartmann
Detox Cleaner #5 - Andrew McGreevy

Description: Four individuals dressed in white toxic/biohazard clean-up suits, hoods, and masks emerge from a white van. They pull two white lawnmowers, a stack of white yard waste bags, CAUTION tape, two white rakes, a white extension cord, a white blower, a white gas-powered weed trimmer, a white edger, and two white brooms. The driver and passenger of the vehicle emerge as well. The driver wears a white hard hat, white work gloves, and a white face mask. The driver is dressed in a white T-shirt and jeans. The passenger is in charge. She also wears a white face mask. She also wears a white lab coat and carries a white clip board that she uses to make notes and check that correct procedures are followed.

The four in the biohazard suits will mow, trim the edges, rake, sweep and bag the lawn clippings of the targeted (pre-defined) yard. The driver will wrap CAUTION tape around the affected area (the entire front yard). Stakes are possibly placed at the corners of the yard where there is no place to wrap the tape. The woman in the lab coat will continue to make notes and check that correct procedures are followed. She will speak with any onlookers should they inquire about the work.

After the work is finished, the men move back toward the van. One man is handed a large plastic bag within a plastic bag within a plastic bag. The other men help to open the bags. Within is a white manual pump sprayer. One man sprays the lawn. He stagers and seems to struggle. Upon finishing, the other men help him back to the van. The sprayer is placed in a new plastic bag, then into another, then into another, then into another.

Three of the men get back in the van after having loaded the lawnmowers and other equipment into the van. The driver finishes removing the stakes and CAUTION tape as well as any other tools. The woman hands the remaining biohazard-suited man a small white sign/flag (1’ X 1’) that the remaining man pushes into the ground in the middle of the lawn. The sign says ‘this lawn has been cared for by the omahaliveartdivision’. All will depart in the van that brought them there.

Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010
Toxic Lawn Care
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July 03, 2010