During MOFO - at our first MoMa Market, in fact - we're launching the River Derwent Heavy Metals Project: an ongoing art-science collaboration bent on tackling the problem of pollution in parts of the River Derwent. Shocking but true, sections of the silvery behemoth lovingly cupping our city in its watery arms (OK, that was a little overboard) are contaminated with extremely high levels of heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, copper and zinc - that's one hot mess). This project - the brain-child of Kirsha Kaechele - brings together talented peeps from around the planet, including the University of Tasmania, the Derwent Estuary Program, CSIRO, Monash University, the Alvar Aalto Foundation (Finland), the University of Texas (USA), Tulane University (USA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). Oh. Em. Gee - what collective brain power!
The basic idea is: let's blast these metallic bad boys from here to kingdom come. But how? The aim is to reclaim the Derwent through creativity and innovation. Expect a thrilling mix of art and architecture, performance and design, science and 'heavy' cuisine. It's mad scientist meets Captain Planet meets cutting edge artistry. Viva la Derwent!