Artist: Matthew Mazzotta
Year created: 2009-2011
Location: Smalle Ee, Netherlands
Materials: Methane digester, cow manure, kettle, tea, small building made of local materials
What is the piece’s impact? It lead to the creation of a place for dialogue, built using local materials and methods; a creative way to bring people together to discuss various issues of importance. People also learned to forage for local materials for tea. See the video below for the process of design and implementation of the project.
How does this project relate to this change as art? The object itself is an elegant and innovative design, moreover it’s only purpose is to gather people over a cup of locally foraged tea, which is brewed using a local renewable energy source. “Steeped in Exploration is the communal making and drinking of tea from local plants. The transformation of cow manure from local farms into energy (methane) through a methane digester is what boils the water, and the tea that is made is from local edible plants collected on public outings. This participatory intervention questions our current systems of living, at the same time creates an opportunity for others to participate in the (re)imaging of our world.” (source)
What makes this an artistic project? The project was initiated by an artist, funded with money intended for the arts.
Notes: for more information, please visit: http://matthewmazzotta.com/section/171495_Steeped_in_Exploration_Matthew_Mazzotta.html
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