Compost Heap

Compost Heap

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As it become more and more obvious that there is a better way to handle our food waste than to dispose it in landfill, I wanted to help raising the awareness about the compost material. By using it in my artwork I would add an aesthetic value to it and contribute to its popularity.   For this piece, I carefully squeezed about 6 pounds of compost in-between 2 sheets of heavy paper for several days, then removed the compost and dry-out the wet paper over a flat hemisphere shape. At the end, the paper sheet is backed-up with fabric to preserve the 1" high hemisphere shape.  Each of the 6 edition pieces is identical in the making but unique in its visual definition. This one show heavy marks around the hemisphere shape due to the fresh compost fluids leaking over the edges.    Most often, I associate the visual work with a short (but evolving) blurb that help positioning the piece in it's original context: "We generate mountains of organic waste everyday. Let’s do something useful with all of it, please."