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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wear This Coat. Then Plant It

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Zoe Alexander Fisher's Biomimicry Project coat is covered in veggie seeds.
  • Zoe Alexander Fisher's Biomimicry Project coat is covered in veggie seeds.
When this heat vanishes (and we all know how fast it could), Zoe Alexander Fisher's Biomimicry Project coat won't just keep a body warm; it'll fill one's belly as well.

Conceived as both a product and a process, her coat ― hand-felted with 100 percent undyed organic wool, an excellent nitrogen fertilizer for soil ― has been decorated with vegetable seeds. The idea is to wear it in winter and then, come spring, plant it in a patch of ground to yield an organic food garden once summer rolls around. You can get your very own coat made to order in a custom size. There's also Audrey Snyder's sugary artwork destined to dissolve over the course of the exhibit ― we're thinking it's halfway to simple syrup by now (the exhibit opened more than two weeks ago).

The Biomimicry Project is on display at Eleanor Hardwood Gallery (1295 Alabama St.) until Aug. 28. In honor of the exhibition's impending conclusion, this Thursday, Aug. 26, Leif Hedendal will cook a six-course vegetarian feast for 20 guests at the gallery. Most spots have evaporated, but a few remain; e-mail Fisher if you like.

Eleanor Harwood Gallery: 1295 Alabama (at 25th St.), 867-7770.

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