HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2009


Students in the HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab class are participating in an online art collective called The Seed Project. For this installation the students collected “throw-away” items such as plastic bottles, cans, shoe boxes, grocery bags, etc. and planted basil seeds inside of them, to promote the idea of reconsidering our habits of production & consumption and waste. Viewing waste in a new light reveals that we can re-use what we already have so that we end up with nothing leftover. Following a class trip to the new High Line park, the students discovered that most of the decades-old graffiti covering several blocks of the area now occupied by the park has been painted over. They felt unsettled by this, seeing it as a piece of the city’s artistic history, and wishing parts of it had been preserved as a backdrop for the High Line. Inspired by this, the students designed and arranged their containers to resemble a mini-city, to expose the beauty and growth that can exist among the gritty, cluttered urban landscape. The students are learning that incorporating sustainable ideas into one’s lifestyle is simple and sensible, when everyone agrees to start just by expanding one’s awareness. Student artists/activists Shah Ahmed, Kimberly Amante, Priscilla Baez, Kalil Camara, Pedro Cruz, Fannieka Dawkins, Frank Delgado, Lydia Ann Jimenez, Cynthia Lopez, Talia Magen, Innocent Obi, Andrea Pardo, Richard Peon, Chanee Rhee, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Racquel Samuel Peer Advisors Josh Alvarez, Justin Blanco, Carmen Li, Damila Williams, Instructor: Langdon Graves.


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2009


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2009

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HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2009

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HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2009


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2009


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008


HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008



HEOP Interdisciplinary Lab, 2008

M.S. 131, New York, NY, 2008

MS 131 students in the 9th Grade class participated in creating a cars made from recycled materials including plastic bottles, pencils and cardboard. The cars serves as planters for wheatgrass which was grown separately and added at a later date









P.S. 110, New York, NY, 2010

Over 150 students in multiple classes constructed a "Green City" made from a variety of recycled materials. The culmination of the installation was displayed for the annual science fair. Parents collaborated with students to construct the elements of the metropolis. The entire project was built in one day in the school auditorium. Materials were placed in stations and divided by category of material. The city was built on card board boxes that were taped togeter so the city could be later lifted and placed on a stage for display. Grass seeds were put in the installation and grew over a weeks time before the science fair. Tickets were sold to participate in the project to raise money for the school. 





P.S. 124, Manhattan, NY, 2009

A fourth grade class participated in constructing a "Dragon" out of recycled water bottles. The structure was functionally a long terrerium which was tied to an ouside chainlink fence near the school garden. Students later constructed a "dragon head" made from bottle caps and other 2 liter bottles.









Future Leaders Institutute, New York, NY, 2008

The after school garden club constructed a greenhouse made from 1500 two-liter bottles recycled soda bottles. The bottles were bought from people who normally deposit bottles at bottle redemption machines iat a rate of 5 cents per bottle from a bottle processing center at a rate of ten cents per bottle. Members from the community participated in constructing the greenhouse structure. The design for the greenouse was made by the Columbia University Gateway program. They have collecting them along with the community and have stacked them in rows to create an arch. The frame is made by arches made from a recycled composite of wood and plastic bent and imbedded in three feet in concrete in both sides of the ground. 









































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