Image credit Koshi Kawachi
What can you do with a stack of manga or comics that is destined for the recycling bin? Why, use them as a gardening medium, of course! At least, that's what one artist has done in an installation at the Matsuzakaya department store in Nagoya, Japan. By piling up a stack, rubber banding it together, soaking it, and sprinkling it with seeds, the artist explores a colorful and decorative way to raise a salad.
Pink Tentacle shows us the work of Tokyo-based artist Koshi Kawachi, who demoed "Manga Farming." It's simply the use of old manga as a growing medium for veggies. Here, a crop of radish sprouts grow as happily as anything you'd see atop a Chia pet.
While this is an art display, it does make you wonder what you might be able to do with the stack of comics under your bed, or the phone books you haven't cracked open in the last five years.