"Mel Chin directs his creative energy toward urgent problems that must be resolved if life on earth is to survive. His artist medium is the land that has become so laden with toxins that it is incapable of sustaining life or generating edible vegetation...Chin revives the polluted field by growing and harvesting special plants that thrive n the heavy metals in the soil. These leaching plants are called 'hyperaccumulators.' At the end of each growth cycle they are incinerated so that the cadmium, zinc, and lead they absorbed can be extracted from their ashes and recycled. With each harvest, more and more toxic metals are removed from the soil, bringing Chin closer to his goal – creating purified earth."
Words: Linda Weintraub, Art on the Edge and Over
Image: Mel Chin, Revival Field