I was sifting through a few months’ worth of pictures on the camera, and I found this gem:
Can you tell what it is? It’s a sideview of an indoor compost pile in action. Pretty cool!
I spent some time at Tyler School of Art’s “Coffree Mondays” hosted by Robert Blackson a few months ago, and it was a great vibe. I was asked to hang out and talk about waste and environmental issues. I thought there would be people to speak to, but the majority just wanted to get their free coffee and get the heck out of there. I couldn’t blame them, I’m not an early riser and I definitely wasn’t during my hellish time in school.
The coolest thing they had besides encouraging the reusable lifestyle with coffee mugs and having a really cool sound installation, was the huge compost window. Can you recognize what each of the layers are? The main question I had about it was why it was so air tight. Impedance of airflow is one of the reasons composting processes don’t get off the ground…it’s an aerobic process that needs air to get busy.
Meat, on the other hand, degrades via anaerobic processes (hence why it smells and needs to be kept separate from your normal composting efforts), but that wasn’t the scope of this as far as I could tell.
I wonder how many people that looked at this knew it was a composting project. This thing rules. It might do better if the contents were all mixed up too, but then that would take away from the cool factor of having the layers visible.
Robert was also nice enough to let me check out the building’s loading dock to take a look at their waste operations…always a treat. What do you think of these cans? Nice, colorful and very clear:
Good stuff, Tyler School of Art!