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In keeping with the exhibit’s overall philosophical theme, Jenny created an environmentally-friendly structure that represents the openness that an “explorer” scientist experiences as well as the closed box that lab scientists tend to work in. At 52 feet long, the structure is supported by arching whale-like ribs and features no fewer than 125 2’x2’x1′ cold cases or mini-greenhouses that require absolutely no heat in order to produce edible and ornamental plants.

All of the materials used for this project have either been recycled or can be recycled, mitigating the frivolous use of natural resources. What’s more, Jenny’s contribution to the APS exhibit is more than just an art or philosophical talking piece. It also contains a series of real, portable greenhouses containing actual food that can be installed in city homes for winter gardening. The exhibit will be on show through December 3, 2011.

+ Jenny Sabin Studios

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