assemblepapers: Lauren Berkowitz is an Australian installation artist who is known for exploring the complex modern condition through ephemeral works, reflecting concerns with the passage of time, humanism and the environment. Berkowitz uses only degenerative or regenerative materials in her artwork, often combining local, native plants and European, introduced plants to draw on particular environments, such as Sydney in her 2010 show, Sustenance: “I’ve always been drawn to specific sites and have often been commissioned to create works at a particular museum or environment, so…my starting point is often to go to a space, observe the landscape around it and kind of work with those materials. In a way it’s good discipline too, because you’re limited to a certain palette of materials - but it also just makes sense to use what’s readily available in your environment”.
A large wheel has been strolling the Baltimore Inner Harbor this summer, doing its best to clean the trash that has littered a city landmark and tourist attraction.
It’s called the Inner Harbor Water Wheel, and though it moves slowly, it has the capability to collect 50,000 pounds of trash. The timing for John Kellett’s solar-powered creation is crucial — hands and crab nets simply can’t keep up with the growing amount of wrappers, cigarette butts, bottles and other debris carried from storm drains into the harbor.
There is probably a down side to the Water Wheel, like killing aquatic wildlife, both adults and developmental stages, but they do not cover that possibility in the article. The trash it cleans up kills wildlife so its a trade off where they hope to make the harbor clean enough to swim in within the next six years.