Cycle P15: Art, Science, and Play


Our bodies need it. Plants need it. It’s phosphorus, and we’re running out of it. At the same time, millions of tons of it pollute our waterways each year. But here in Chicago, action is underway to help solve these challenges. Soon phosphorus will be removed from our wastewater and turned into fertilizer that will stay in the soil, where plants need it — instead of polluting our water.

Cycle P15 is artwork inspired by this innovation. A cutting-edge solution merits cutting-edge expression: augmented reality (AR). With a free downloadable app, any mobile device directed at AR artwork will show both an actual object or image, and an artist’s augmentation of it.

AR is incorporated into artwork that is in the form of a game, where the players are the game pieces.

All inspired by the magic of phosphorus recovery.

Cycle P15 is a project for Chicago Artists’ Month, and showcases work by former InterArts professor Annette Barbier and InterArts and Media alum Adrienne Ciskey. The multimedia installation will be at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, 111 E. Erie in Chicago, from November 2nd to 13th, with a closing reception and game night on November 13 from 4-6:30pm. The installation is sponsored by Terracom, Ostara, and Black and Veatch. More information about the project can be found at