We first came across Amy Youngs' work about 3 years ago while working on another project dealing with eco art.
Amy had produced a digestive table which contains a digestive system using composting worms, sowbugs and bacteria.
Farm Fountain, illustrated here, is a collaborative project by artists Ken Rinaldo and presents a system for growing edible and ornamental fish and plants in a constructed, indoor ecosystem. Based on the concept of aquaponics, this hanging garden fountain uses a simple pond pump, along with gravity to flow the nutrients from fish waste through the plant roots. The plants and bacteria in the system serve to cleanse and purify the water for the fish.
She has recently been working on Exquisite Bodies, a large-scale collaborative video 'mobile' based on the concept of the “exquisite corpse”, which takes the form of an integrated whole, made from many parts.
In this case the form is a large-scale, hanging mobile of projected video, playing on multiple screens. Viewers can interact via two live video feeds, which intermingle with videos captured from the natural and urban body of central Ohio.
Amy has just installed a new work at the RedLine Gallery in Denver, USA. River Construct, is an indoor composting and plant growing unit that attempts to reproduce a natural system. There are more details and images on Amy's Flickr page.
For other details about Amy's work, including links to extensive images in her Flickr stream and videos of many of her previous installations, visit: www.hypernatural.com