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Why These Seattle Artists Are Selling Cans Of Dirt From A Georgetown Brownfield

Courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery
On sale now at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle: $25 cans of canned dirt, created by the artist trio SuttonBeresCuller

A trio of Seattle artists has taken a unique approach in an attempt to “undo three-quarters of a century’s worth of polluting”: canning and selling dirt.

The “premium-quality hand-canned dirt,” which are available for $25 a can, are a commentary on how a community can share in the responsibility of cleaning up a contaminated urban site.

The artists’ work focuses on one specific site, a brownfield in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Once home to a gas station, it is now choked with blackberries, littered with drug baggies and covered in contaminated soil.

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