Hidden Worlds: Unearthing the wonder of soil

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Event schedule details

Saturday 17 June


Event location details

Room G16, Sir Alexander Fleming Building

Imperial College London

Get stuck into dirt! And explore the wonders that lie beneath our feet.

Soil is easy to overlook, and yet it has a fundamental role in supporting plant life, and is key to human history and our future! Healthy soils are vital for food security, biodiversity preservation and mitigating climate change.

Striving to give soil its due is artist Jacques Nimki. Join him as he explores the relationship between the visible and the hidden environments beneath our feet, and how something that is seen or hidden changes the value we place on it.

Jacques latest work, Florilegium sw7, is a contemporary version of historical books of botanical drawings, but instead draws attention to the underlying soil and what society often finds unpleasant or insignificant, rather than the pretty flowers that need it to flourish. You can experience Florilegium sw7 at the Royal Society of Sculptors on the Old Brompton Road across the Festival weekend.

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