Soil City

Dust To Dust: For Ozymandias

Nature is the most gifted sculptor. This project provide a framework for nurturing and viewing a most fundamental and important work: the creation of living dirt. The core of nature’s art is found in the beauty of her processes: through death and decomposition life is renewed. This living sculpture nurtures an ecosystem and visualizes a both artful and natural process. This process is the creation of the living skin of the earth – dirt. In Nature, everything is recycled. At the Saint Louis Science Center, earthworms, bacteria and fungi convert the organic waste into rich compost which will be used as fertilization. Potential waste converted into living dirt is the completion of a work of Nature’s art. The artist observes and aids in this process by transferring raw materials into precious works, making visible what is often unseen or ignored. This work follows this formula, but engages the goals and materials of this age – an age when we have can redefine our relationship to the world by working with nature rather than against her. This work follows this age-old formula with the goals and materials of our age – an age when we have the opportunity and imperative to redefine our relationship to the world by working with nature rather than against her.

What is Eco-Art?
Born of a desire to understand how we might work with nature’s systems rather than against them, Ecological Art, or Eco-Art, attempts to show the interdependence of biological and cultural systems by engaging directly with them through the creative capacities and visions offered by artists.

About The Artist —Mark Cooley’s work explores the intersections of art, activism and the interdependence of social and biological systems. Mark is currently a professor and director of New Media at George Mason University where he teaches new media and eco-art and serves as director of The Green Studio, an on-campus permaculture garden and eco-art studio. Mark lives and works with his family on a ¼ acre micro-farm in the far-flung suburbs of Washington DC, where they practice permaculture, medicinal herbalism, non-institutional education and the art of everyday life.