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    By vince.destefano
    Mar 22, '18 4:09 PM EST

    COLUMBUS DIRT: Illuminating the Invisible is the current exhibition at the Knowlton School’s Banvard Gallery, ending on March 30. This exhibit, created by Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Paula Meijerink, looks to shed light on the very foundation of our world. Dirt is something that is largely taken for granted, and so the exhibit instills a new appreciation of soil to those who visit.

    Much of the research and soil collection for the exhibit occurred during the 2017 fall semester seminar, Scarlet Jungles, which examined nature and biological life in human-altered conditions. Using that seminar as a launching point, the students and Meijerink worked together to design all of the displays, drawings and models for the exhibit.

    The multiple displays within the exhibit start to expose the dirt of our community in different ways. The displays include Soil Chandelier, Dirt Wall, Road to New Ecologies, and Cyanotype Prints. This array of models and displays shows dirt from throughout the area. These showcase the differences found in the soil all around us.  The exhibit shows how a soils history and physical make up has started to be altered by human intervention. While not entirely lost and turned into an “urban soil”, you can still see the effects in the samples that make up the Soil Chandelier.

    Moving from the history of our earth and dirt, the exhibit starts to look forward and create new opportunities to replace noise barriers with something more sustainable. This interest spurred from Dirt Wall, which showcases the old construction technique of rammed earth walls, and starts to manifest in Road to New Ecologies.

    This exhibit will exist in the Knowlton School’s Banvard Gallery through March 30.  Read more on our website:

    Columbus Dirt: Illuminating the Invisible

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