Statement: HORTUS TOXICUS
At the intersection of the built environment and the
natural world, post-industrial land use has often degraded sites
with the introduction of persistent pollutants. HORTUS TOXICUS is
an illustrated study of plants that have been proven to be effective
phytoremediators. The term is used for plants that can naturally
mitigate, translocate or accumulate dangerous environmental toxins
from soil, air and/or water over time. This exhibition draws particular
attention to academic research of petroleum-based soil contaminants
and the specific corresponding plant remediators. .
The field of phytoremediation is incredibly broad
and complex and certainly not applicable to every situation. However,
the concept of a plant-based process to prevent the impact of pollution,
make it possible to leave an ecosystem in place and mitigate site
contamination is deeply needed. .