High quality soil from art project to give away

To all gardeners and nature lovers: From 27 September to 9 October, the soil from Asad Raza's Absorption project will be given away to amateur gardeners, urban gardening initiatives, nature conservation organisations and all interested parties.


As a contribution to this year's Ruhrtriennale, Urbane Künste Ruhr is showing the installation Absorption by the artist Asad Raza, which was created in the former Allbauhaus in Essen. For the installation, several tons of earth were distributed on the ground floor of the building and enriched with materials from the Ruhr region. The basic components of the earth are sand, clay and compost. Organic materials such as paper, coffee and cocoa husks, etc. were added to this. The entire process was scientifically monitored and the soil was regularly checked for components and values such as the pH value, so that in the end a high-quality soil is available.

Collection of the soil

Location: former Allbauhaus, Pferdemarkt 5-7, 45127 Essen, Germany
Period: 27.09. to 09.10.
Collection: Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Please bring containers and shovels. If necessary, the on-site technicians can help with loading and shovels and wheelbarrows can be borrowed.

If you have any questions about organising the collection and transport of larger quantities of soil, please contact

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