Bioremediating Missile by Jos Volkers
Artist Jos Volkers spent two years building an object in the form of a V2 rocket, better known as the Bioremediating Missile (BMR). Also known as the world’s largest seed bomb. The BMR is built from biodegradable materials such as wood, textile and clay. The name actually betrays its content, as the BMR is filled with seeds, spores and nutrients such as water and minerals. The project is developed within the framework of his fictitious company Ecological Space Engineering (E.S.E.). This company engages in speculative design to improve the quality of life on Earth. The Missile is therefore a symbol of the state of the world and refers to the ecological crisis, technology, war and the role of humans.
After a journey of 2.000 km., the BMR arrived in June 2020 in Groningen at the container artspace MOBi. During 2021 and 2022 the BMR was visiting various art festivals and exhibitions in the Netherlands. After which it was time to bring the biodegradable missile to its final resting place in the outside space of MOBi and let nature take over.
Bioremediating is made possible thanks to a successful campaign on ‘Voordekunst.nl’ and contributions from the Mondriaan Fund, Kunstraad Groningen, Stichting Stokroos, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Gemeente en Provincie Groningen and various sponsors!