New York-based artist Sto Len is a printmaker, sound, and performance artist. He collects imprints of the world around us, from natural patterns in water, to abstract shapes of trash picked-up along the Potomac Riverfront. He builds upon traditional printing techniques like marbeling, block printing and cyanotype by using pollution, bacteria, and waste as art materials. He unpacks humanity’s impacts on the environment that often goes unseen and ignored.
Sto returned to his hometown, Alexandria, to become the first artist in residence at AlexRenew, Alexandria’s wastewater treatment plant. The residency is in partnership with City of Alexandria’s Public Art program, administered by Alexandria’s Office of the Arts. Read more.
Since September 2019, artist Sto Len has spent time each month at AlexRenew to learn about how wastewater is treated, where it comes from, where it goes, and its importance in how it impacts Alexandria’s overall ecology. Working with scientists, engineers, and conservationists, Sto has developed a unique understanding of Alexandria’s water systems and has developed RENEWAL to share and learn more with the community.
About the Public Art Residency Program
The City of Alexandria’s Public Art Program, in collaboration with Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), developed the city’s first Public Art Residency program. This residency is an opportunity for artists to engage deeply with the work of AlexRenew (a special purpose authority that treats wastewater for the City of Alexandria) and its RiverRenew project – a major initiative to improve the health of Alexandria’s waterways.