NYC Urban Soils Institute + Art Extension Service

The Art Extension Service (AES) is a group of artists and creative sorts who love soils and love working with scientists as part of our professional practice. Recognizing the power of art to make abstract ideas visible and accessible, we partner with the NYC Urban Soils Institute (NYC USI) to design projects and structures that:

  • Educate the general public about the importance of urban soil
  • Engender stewardship of our soil and ecology
  • Create an interactive community of scientists, artists, and citizens
  • Help make soils education fun and accessible

Project: Soils is the primary initiative of the AES, designed to make potential artist and scientist collaborators visible to each other, and to help connect proposed projects with potential sites and funders.

Founding members of AES are Margaret Boozer (Director), Claire Huschle (Co-Director), J.J. McCracken, Raina Martens, Siobhan Rigg, Scott Larson, and Peter Sprung.  

 

 

Artist's notes

The AES was born in February 2018 at Red Dirt Studio, in conversation with Urban Soils Institute’s Director, Tatiana Morin.

Founding members of AES are Margaret Boozer (Director), Claire Huschle (Co-Director), J.J. McCracken, Raina Martens, Siobhan Rigg, Scott Larson, and Peter Sprung.