Andrew Hayim De Vries
FOUNDER & Inventor
Andrew Hayim de Vries is an Australian-born ecological artist and designer. He grew up in Western Australia, but has roots in Amsterdam, Indonesia and the Middle East. Perhaps this rich multicultural background is partly responsible for his curiosity for anything cosmopolitan, worldly, extraordinary.
Andrew's passion for the environment led him to composting. He turned it into an art form some 35 years ago to live and breath the science of composting. It's the process of putting life back into waste and bringing attention to this essential process of the food cycle. A true believer in education and integrated learning, he has lectured globally on the art of composting.
His work empowers and moves people to create and produce more than they consume. His message is: “Give back to the system that feeds us; Feed the system that nourishes us. As we participate in this ancient art, we inspire others around us.”
With Compost Central, he has established the first interactive compost education facility in Byron Bay. To close the gap between people and the food production cycle, Andrew introduces, explains and installs composting on-location, a design system that makes composting easy and accessible for everyone. Clean, simple, doable!
Andrew is available for composting talks and demonstrations. His passion for recycling and up-cycling, composting and vermiculture, the future and health of the environment and the need for re-educating people on the value of these interests is behind the founding of Compost Central and the invention of the Subpod™.
The launch of the Subpod™ is a culmination of his many years of work and development, and demonstrates the value of the concept: "feed the soil, feed the world™",
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A 'grounding' art performance, "Seeing is Necking", performed at 1985 for the ANZART at the Albert War Memorial Park in Auckland, NZ. In this performance, Andrew is buried in 'deep shit' - a 2.5m hight soil pile of compost. This performance was a homage to Andrew's father.