Soil Babies by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs was a crowd-sourced edible sculpture intervention by a group of artists at the gallery that wanted to learn about compost. Amy and I created a worm bassinet for the worms to eat and deconstructed these miniature sculptures to nourish the worms while nourishing a community, becoming aware of the cures of worm composting to our earth and the soil we depend on.
The process was to use waste paper, watermelon rinds, and vegetables grown locally on-site and create miniature sculptures to be placed in the worm bassinet for the red wriggler worms to consume over time.
In this work, it is essential to note that methane gasses that escape from landfills are 17 % or higher of all global warming gasses from bacteria that consume that waste.
Red wriggler worms and locally sustainable reprocessing of your green waste in small systems such as this prevent that methane production from harming our delicate earth ecosystems and further abate global warming.
We created a Raspberry Pi and miniature camera system to capture the worms loving the sculptures until they were eaten. The soil and worms were distributed back to the farm on the gallery site after the work was returned to the artists.
It is estimated there are one billion microbes in one teaspoon of soil, and worms can be a critical part of maintaining and enhancing that soil.
This artwork and intervention present the benefits of seeing and acting as an interdependent living system. What you eat can be food for others down the food chain, including beneficial microbes in the soil.
VISIBLE RECORDS Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug 1-Sept 13
The Tihua Tocha Exhibition invites The Weight of Sunshine mobiles, stabile sculptures along with the Soil Babies by Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs, and version two of Angel of Car of Death (Carro Angel de Muerte) invited and curated by Federico Cuatlacuatl.