This solar powered hanging hydroponic sculpture garden by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs is a place to grow herbs for cooking, with all the added benefit of water flowing and trickling sounds possible from an indoor waterfall. This work was created at a Pilchuck during a residency in Stanwood Oregon invited by director Ruth King.

The plants receive their nutrients in a moving aquaculture and this allows them to grow in a healthy fashion.

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Hydroponic herb garden by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs Pilchuck, Artist in Residence. Invited by Ruth King,

The work was conceived in our discussions surrounding creating indoor sustainable gardens and alternatives to having large-scale petrol-farms, which involve trucking and petrodollars to get the vegetables to our tables.

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Hydroponic herb garden by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs Pilchuck, Artist in Residence. Invited by Ruth King,

The containers are designed to allow light to travel through them while allowing an observation of the complex root structures.

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Hydroponic herb garden by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs Pilchuck, Artist in Residence. Invited by Ruth King,

While we are pleased with the design we also realize that long term maintenance would allow algae growth which may or may not be aesthetic for some.

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Hydroponic herb garden by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs Pilchuck, Artist in Residence. Invited by Ruth King,

A component to every work in glass is a team often of super skilled artisans. In this case, how could any two artists be so lucky as to have Joey Cariati and Michael Shiner as gaffers.

They took our 3D visualizations…

cucumber with spikes

and ideas and changed them into the hot/cold glass.

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Pilchuck Glass School where Joey Cariati right and Michael Shiner are working on our glass. Left lower is Kami Meighan and back is Joey Cariati

 

CREDITS

Hydroponic herb garden by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs
Gaffers: Joey Cariati, Michael Shiner
Assistants: Simon Maberley and Kami Meighan

A very special thank you to Ruth King for the invitation to be visiting artists at the Pilchuck Glass School and to all the amazing staff who allowed us to have the most productive (and fun) 2.5 weeks ever.

EXHIBITIONS

PILCHUCK GLASS AUCTION WESTIN ST FRANCIS, Seattle Washington, October 26, 2007
The Twittering Rabbit foot 2004 sound sculpture in glass.
PILCHUCK ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY EXHIBITION, Seattle, Washington. Aug 16- Sep. 2, 2005, Working on new glass works utilizing biological and electronic materials. Hydroponic Herb Garden open studio. Invited., The Twittering Rabbit Foot. Curator Ruth King.