The art installation called Al Aire by SelgasCano, an architectural firm based in Spain, demonstrates the rapid growth agricultural technology is currently experiencing. More than that, it shows the future of such practices, how humans will soon be able to cultivate plant life with little or no access to the earth.
Displayed during this year's Venice Biennale in a side room of SPAINLAB’s pavilion, Al Aire by SelgasCano was created in collaboration with biologist Josep Selga. Comprised of a system of irrigated Air Pots, a long series of tubular planters covered in perforations to expose plant roots to sunlight, it encourages the plants to grow axially instead of vertically. Known as 'air pruning,' this technique grants the growth of more, healthier plants in less space. They are fed hydroponically, which also cuts down on necessary soil.