Tiny Mining

Iron: Day 2 | Magnetic

filed under: Iron written by: Kat


Most likely Na, C, O, N.

Fe 2+ and Fe3+ have outer orbitals that look like this. 3d orbitals. This orbital structure means that iron flips between two oxidation states that allow it cofunction as an oxygen carrier in the blood. Earth is almost 1/3 iron.

Iron containing Minerals listed in “Alexander von Humboldt: Minerale und Gesteine im Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

Magnetit has the highest weight ration of iron. Humboldt discovered that magnetite-containing cliffs could confuse a compass’ needle.




Iron – power and force!!! Iron – the centre of gravity! Iron – giver of life! The essence of Earth!

And yet my coffers were once again empty.




Kat Austen is a person. In her artistic practice, she focusses on environmental issues. She melds disciplines and media, creating sculptural and new media installations, performances and participatory work. Austen’s practice is underpinned by extensive research and theory, and driven by a motivation to explore how to move towards a more socially and environmentally just future. Working from her studio in Berlin, Austen is currently EMAP / EMARE Artist in Residence at WRO Art Center, Artist Fellow at Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Artist in Residence at the Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences, University College London and Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the bbk, an inaugural member of the London Creative Network, co-founder of the DIY Hack the Panke collective in Berlin and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. https://www.katausten.com