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Text Here William Meyer Portable Air Scrubber, 2014

Clear Backpack, Plants, Soil, Water, Face Mask

William Meyer’s Portable Air Scrubber, a backpack designed for generating fresh air for its wearer, imagines a world beset by pollution. He then devises an artistic solution, in which clean air is made and stored on one’s back. Using practical innovations and a hope- ful lighthearted touch, Meyer’s backpack at the same time exhibits a serious commitment to artistic environmental solutions. Meyer, a landscape architect designing green systems for roofs walls, and engaging his community in greening their homes, is deeply committed to direct change in his own neighborhood. William’s projects are conceived of in the universal language of ecology and realized through social practice. The work emerges as interventions in mainstream technology employing bio-mimicry with a machine aesthetic. To realize larger projects, he often works collectively.


Bio William Meyer is an ecolog- ical artist and professional landscape designer whose work is influenced by archi- tecture, natural systems and non-western culture. He specializes in the in- tegration of vegetation into urban and social contexts, maximizing ecologies for both func- tional and wonderful effect. Meyer’s practice of landscape design influences his work in constructing ecological artworks and radical interpretations of nature. He was co-found- er of Amanaka’a Amazon Network and Worldview, two environmental organizations established to give voice to local people’s initiatives and empower students to think critically about ecological systems. William is engaged in urban ecology and sustainable cultural initiatives with the nsumi collective,

and has guided dozens of ecological resto- ration projects and experimental landscapes through design and implementation in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Wil- liam’s work has recently been shown at the Neuberger Museum, Manhattanville College, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary art. His pursuits have been published in Art in America, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Journal of Ecological Restoration and Zing Magazine. He lives and works in Westchester County, NY.

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