Anyone who has been to Kitengela Glass near Nairobi will instantly recognize the works of art made from recycled glass, metal and other materials. Stunning works by local artists support a huge community of people and beautify gardens, offices, institutions and homes. I bet you aren’t expecting me to talk about crap right? Wrong!
Creating art from recycled glass takes a huge amount of energy. The glass recycling factory produces tiles, windows and other items, fueling it with used oil, butane gas and electricity. But now they are exploring the use of human gas, yes that’s right – it sounds disgusting, smells disgusting, but what a wonderful source of energy!
Apart from the excrement from pigs, chickens, horses, donkeys, ostriches, ducks, and geese
human wastes are collected … in these loos designed to keep you intrigued…
and seated for long enough to be ‘productive’.
The wastes (no, not the human ones) are transported to the biogas production site in a specially designedloooong-armed wheelbarrow
where it is poured into this big pot, where it is stirred (not shaken) by a professional shit stirrer.
Then it flows to the fermentation pit to digest….
Notice how the toilets are being constructed at the top end of the system. This allows the poo to flow directly into the first tank .. it flows by gravity to the fermentation tank and then a settling tank before the sludge flows out and down a drain into another holding tank out of the picture.
The gas is piped to the household kitchen and the glass art workshops,
while the waste sludge is extracted and used on the gardens, i.e. total recycling!
In addition the Kitengela Glass factory creates an odd assortment of jobs from artists to poop stirrers, farmers and biogas producers… for more information read about Kitengela here.
Amazing isn’t it – The first example of Art from Fart