It isn’t often that art and science converge, but my enthusiastic reports of the MWRD’s phosphorus recovery project inspired my friend Christine Esposito to create an art installation celebrating this.
Our bodies need it. Plants need it. It’s phosphorus, and we’re running out of it. At the same time, millions of tons of it pollute our waterways each year. But here in Chicago, action is underway to help solve these challenges. Soon phosphorus will be removed from local wastewater and turned into fertilizer that will stay in the soil, where plants need it — instead of polluting our water.
Cycle P15 is artwork inspired by this innovation. A cutting–edge solution merits cutting–edge expression: augmented reality (AR). With a free downloadable app, any mobile device directed toward AR artwork will show both an actual object or image, and an artist’s augmentation of it.
Augmented reality will be incorporated into artwork in the form of a game, where the players are the game pieces. All inspired by the magic of phosphorus recovery.
Learn more and view the augmented-reality artwork here.
Cycle P15 is sponsored by Terracom, Ostara and Black & Veatch.
Special thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioners and Staff for in-kind support.