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Italy museum turns manure into pottery
    2017-04-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    意大利变废为宝 创建粪便陶艺博物馆

    Italy is a country famed for its world-class clay pottery. But now curators* of the Museo Della Merda have come up with a new kind of crockery*. They’ve invented “Merdacotta” — a type of baked clay made from terracotta* and cow manure*.

    Founded by Italian farmer Gianantonio Locatelli, the museum takes up the ground floor of a medieval* castle in the village of Castelbosco near the city of Piacenza, and boasts 100,000 kg of waste.

    Over his various farms, 3,500 cattle produce 55,000 kg of milk a day to make Grana Padano, a hard cheese comparable to Parmesan*. They also generate 150,000 kg of waste.

    Left-over faeces* is combined with Tuscan clay to make “Merdacotta” bricks, hexagonal* and rectangular* tiles, flowerpots, plates or jars.

    The museum also boasts artworks, from paintings in liquid excrement*, to an extract from Luis Bunuel’s film “The Phantom of Liberty.”

    “Excrement is seen as something vulgar, nauseating*, as the most ignoble matter,” said Locatelli, who intends to “rehabilitate* the word and transform opinions of it across the board.”

    The rest of the excrement is collected in stool digesters, immense vats where bacteria* transforms the manure into methane*.

    The methane is then burned to produce electricity, which is sold by the farm.

    The daily faeces output produces three Megawatts an hour, enough to turn on the lights of a village of 3,000 to 4,000 people.

    (SD-Agencies)

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