Book Bottom Ash Observatory


In her encyclopedic book Bottom Ash Observatory, Christien Meindertsma takes the reader on a 160-page expedition through a bucket filled with 25 kilos of bottom ash, showing the astounding richness and value of this material. The contents of this "golden bucket" are the residue of 100 kilos of incinerated household and industrial waste: the “waste of waste.” By sieving, drying, laser-analyzing and separating tens of thousands of pieces by hand, Meindertsma succeeded in extracting numerous materials. She melted down the 12 most valuable materials – including zinc, aluminum, and silver – to pure cylinders, creating a line chard showing the richness of the bottom ash. Photographer Mathijs Labadie to capture every step of this process in minute detail. This book demonstrates the infinite versatility of the resource that is bottom ash.


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  • Dimension:

    42 x 30 cm, 160 pages  

  • Brand:

    Thomas Eyck  

  • Designer:

    Christien Meindertsma  

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1-2 weeks

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  • € 81,24 (tax incl.)