This installation is a collaborative project with Ken Rinaldo that resulted from discussions about indoor, sustainable gardens. It is our hope that such systems could become alternatives to purchasing vegetables that have been grown on petroleum-powered farms and trucked to grocery stores (produce purchased in the US travels an average of 1,500 miles from farm to fork). This hanging hydroponic garden also serves as a sculptural, indoor waterfall. A solar pump raises the water when the sun shines, allowing aeration, circulation of nutrients and the sound of trickling water. The glass containers are designed to offer a view of the complex root structures of plants; an important element we normally do not get a chance to see.
This piece was made possible through the generous grant of an artist residency at Pilchuck Glass School. Special thanks to Michael Scheiner and Joe Cariatti the superstar glass blowing gaffers. Thanks also to Kami Westhoff and Simon Maberley for their expert advice and assistance in glass blowing, casting and cold working. And a special thanks to the Director Ruth King.