Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material MovementsJane Mah Hutton in conversation with Galaad Van Daele

How are the far-away, invisible landscapes where materials come from related to the highly visible, urban landscapes where those same materials are installed? Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements traces five everyday landscape construction materials–fertilizer, stone, steel, trees, and wood–from seminal public landscapes in New York City, back to where they came from. Bringing two separate landscapes–the material’s source and the urban site where the material ended up–together, the book explores themes of unequal ecological exchange, labor, and material flows. This talk will provide an overview to the book project, focusing on stories of steel and wood.