Kultivator at a residence at
Astrid Noacks atelier:
In April 2014, Kultivator wants to build a warm-compost adjacent to the ANA in Copenhagen. The compost will be designed as a possible meeting place for people in the immediate vicinity of the backyard, but also to be a destination for a class of school children from the area who want to leave some organic waste to it, and study how a circuit works.
Symbolically, the compost becomes an image of seemingly useless scrap from many households together is broken down and converted into fine soil that gives rise to new life.
To introduce the compost and create awareness around it, Kultivator is planned a 1-2 day campaign that collects the first green waste for the compost with the help of a Police horse.
The origin of the idea comes from the old-time collection of waste by horse and buggy, especially in Holland, where the collector with his horse was a popular social institution wandering from door to door, collecting potato peeling and other green waste, mainly for animal feed.
In a song by Dutch singer Jaap Put is described how the children rush to the door with a lump of sugar on hand at the sound of the horse-hoofs clattering onto the street. Today the clatter of hoofs on streets, especially in areas like Nørrebro, is more likely to mean that the police took their horses out. The associations connected with the sound are quite different from the ones of the song.