When Phoenix-based artist Matthew Moore and London-based artist Clare Patey announced they were collaborating on a project, we were all ears. Moore has made a name for himself in Phoenix with art projects that address the urbanization of farmland in the city's outskirts and the sustainability of urban life. Patey is an internationally renowned artist who shuts down a bridge every year in London and organizes a sustainable feast. Together, the artists combined forces and examined an endangered element on the periodic table: copper.
Copper plays an integral role in our daily lives -- it's used in our plumbing, electronics, fancy kitchenware, and envied cocktail mugs now kept under lock-and-key at local bars -- and has played a huge part in Arizona's history.
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Patey and Moore's "Cu29: Mining for You" explores the idea of human ownership of the natural resource, mining practices, and our dependence on copper.