Thursday, May 12th
by Editor, Soiled and Seeded

Soil Kitchen


Futurefarmers, a design collective of artists, designers and architects has recently launched the project Soil Kitchen in Philadelphia. The innovative public art piece highlights sustainable living within urban spaces, with Don Quixote de La Mancha serving as the inspirational figure.

About the project: "Soil Kitchen is a temporary, windmill-powered architectural intervention and multi-use space where citizens can enjoy free soup in exchange for soil samples from their neighborhood. Placed across the street from the Don Quixote monument at 2nd Street and Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia, Soil Kitchen’s windmill pays homage to the famous windmill scene in Cervantes', Don Quixote. Rather than being “adversarial giants” as they were in the novel, the windmill here will be a functioning symbol of self-reliance. The windmill also serves as a sculptural invitation to imagine a potential green energy future and to participate in the material exchange of soil for soup - literally taking matters into one’s own hands."

The soil samples that residents bring in are tested for a spectrum of contaminants and the results mapped to determine the health of the soil across the city.



Source: Soil Kitchen


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