Arte Útil archive nr:
scientific, economy, environment
Scientists, Landfill managers
1991 - ongoing
Sculptor Mel Chin collaborated with scientist Dr. Rufus Chaney and government agencies to design gardens of hyper accumulators â€“ plants that can draw heavy metals from contaminated soil. The metal extracted from the plants is sold for re-use, sustaining project costs.
We live in a world of pollution with heavy metals saturating the soil. This pollution could be carved away, and life could return to that soil and then a diverse and ecologically balanced life.
Cleaner soil. Significant media attention to Dr. Chaneyâ€™s research; 23 years and several test sites later, phytoremediation is becoming commercially viable.