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The Dalziel + Scullion studio is located within the University of Dundee in Scotland. The studio creates artworks in photography, video, sound and sculpture that explore new artistic languages around the subject of ecology. The work strives to visualise aspects of our shared environment from alternative perspectives and to re-establish and re-evaluate our engagement with the non-human species we live alongside.
2008 / Catalyst is a permanent work sited in the cultural quarter of Dundee in Scotland.
Catalyst takes the form of a draped life-sized car that has been cast in special catalytic cement.
This is a new type of concrete material that performs a strange alchemy, hidden within its make up
is a catalytic material (nano-crystalline grade of titanium dioxide) that reacts with light to trigger
the molecules of air borne pollutants, such as nitric oxides, carbon monoxide and sulphur monoxide
to break apart. Daylight initiates a reaction where the active concrete surface converts harmful nitrogen
oxides into harmless nitrate this in turn reacts with the calcium hydroxide of the concrete surface
and drains off with the next rainfall into soils where plants can use it.
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