Freshkills Park in Staten Island has experienced many identities over the past century. Established in 1948 as Fresh Kills landfill, it was a massive collector of human waste. By 1991, Fresh Kills was the sole landfill collecting the cities garbage. Presently, the landfill has been capped in an effort to remediate the land.
The landfill became the ideal site for digging into years of sedimented information. There is an unexploited value that can be drawn from the desecrated site, and the Embedded Collective interrogates that concept to a level not seen before. As we move into the age of the Anthropocene the definition of parks and landscape shift through that lens. We have accepted the idea that the garbage dump is the 21st-century geology, which sediments and collects faster than any geology before it. The concept is to use this rapidly layering waste, which is constantly being embedded into the earth, to reveal a cross section of time and atmosphere.
Pratt Institute/ Collaboration with Karissa Campos/ Critics: Cathryn Dwyre, Richard Sarrach and Jeff T. Johnson