Gallery: FARM FOUNTAIN: Eco-art Meets Aquaculture

 

Who doesn’t love a nice water installation? The bubbling and gurgling of things like fountains has an undeniably relaxing effect – and yet, there’s the nagging guilt that comes from running a pump for the sheer purpose of recirculating water. How much power does it draw? What’s the carbon footprint of your meditative state? What has that water feature done for you, aside from making that ridiculous noise? No so relaxing anymore. Fortunately, artists and Ken Rinaldo have devised a way to create guilt-free water pleasantries while producing food and providing oxygen. The Farm Fountain, which uses aquaponics to fertilize plants with the waste produced by fish, is a bubbly oasis of greenery and aquaculture.

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  1. ken rinaldo June 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Check out the latest version of the Farm Fountain for World Environment Day at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington New Zealand: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4572652a27490.html

  2. Become More Eco »... June 18, 2008 at 8:53 am

    […] FARM FOUNTAIN: Eco-Art meets Architecture: Moe Beitikis discusses the fascinating world of eco art and architecture, in particular Moe reviews the amazing work of Amy Youngs and Ken Rinaldo. “Fortunately, artists Amy Youngs and Ken Rinaldo have devised a way to create guilt-free water pleasantries while producing food and providing oxygen. The Farm Fountain, which uses aquaponics to fertilize plants with the waste produced by fish, is a bubbly oasis of greenery and aquaculture. The concept of aquaculture involves delivering nutrients to plants in a soilless medium with water. In this case, the plants are growing in clay balls encased in reused 2-liter soda bottles. At the base of the Farm Fountain is a pond containing koi and tilapia, the latter being an edible fish acclimated to pond culture.” […]

  3. asherlauph June 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Well if that’s not the coolest thing EVER!

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