Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Urban Wetland Art (in Toronto)
From Wet Kit:
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association commissioned Noel Harding, to create "The Elevated Wetlands:" a plastic-based, functioning, ecological sculpture. The initiative informs the public of the usefulness, resourcefulness and aesthetic appeal of recycled plastics. "The Elevated Wetlands" is located right beside the Don Valley Parkway, one of Toronto's busiest highways next to the Don Mills Road exit and the Don River.
Solar-run pumps draw water from the polluted Don River into the ponds below the six raised plastic "planters." The water is pumped from the ponds to three of the planters where it flows into three others. The structures use a recycled plastic "soil substitute" to promote vegetative growth that isolates and retrieves wastes, toxins and other impurities from the water. The project was inaugurated on October 1, 1998.
P.S. Check out my latest "urban wild" nature blog: Wild. Here.(2016 update)