August 20, 2010

Park Spark


Matthew Mazzotta, an alumnus of my graduate program, has just finished an ambitious public artwork here in Cambridge: Park Spark. His sculpture is, essentially, a large anaerobic digester that turns dog waste into methane to fuel a lamp in this popular dog park. Part green engineering, part provocation, Matthew's work successfully traversed difficult funding, regulatory and construction hurdles to produce a thing somewhere between absurdist shock art and a serious meditation on sustainable technology.

I'm told it really doesn't smell bad at all.

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