Does using spring water help plants and animals grow stronger? This is what Earthscape, a landscape design studio founded by Eiki Danzuka, hopes to uncover with its On-iku experiment.
Dedicated to studying the relationship between people and the environment, Earthscape has opened a lab in an old wooden apartment located in Beppu, Japan. Here, the design group conducts research and experiments on "the environmental compatibility of plants and animals." One of these experiments, the On-iku experiment, sets to test whether the local hot springs water makes a difference in plant growth.
The On-iku experiment involves growing native Beppu plants using water from local hot springs only. According to Earthscape's founder Danzuka, the plants in Beppu had always seemed oddly strong. She also states, "I believe that carrying on our research in a small room in the Kiyoshima Apartments will lead us to answers about Beppu, Oita, and the world. This is why I believe in our continued research."