Derived from the Greek word for change, "metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes. 

Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates "devices of wonder" that are specific to sites; interrogating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio’s work.

The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio returns photography to its simplest technology, building its own tools and sourcing its own chemistry. The imagery stands apart from other contemporary photographs and evokes the expeditionary survey masterpieces of the American West made in the 1860s and 1870s at the time of the gold and silver rush which is a subject of the Metabolic Studio’s inquiry.

The Sonic Division of the Metabolic Studio uses sound as energy to remediate brownfields. Turning a silo on the edge of the Owens Dry Lake Bed into a musical instrument that plays itself—and reconnecting this industrial ruin with the city of Los Angeles, 240 miles away through sound. The Sonic Division plays, like sirens to ship wrecked sailors, weekly and filters that sound through  the silos that sit on the lake 240 miles away. 


  • The Ed P. Reyes Archive is now on view to the public by apointment on Wednesday afternoons through the end of September between 1-4 pm. To make an appointment email:

  • La Noria, the waterwheel will create a river the connects to the Arroyo Seco. Water lifted from the LA River bed will reenter the city creating the possibility for cooling, planting and playing and place making.

  • Metabolic Studio's IOU Radio Play series: Death Valley Scotty on Sunday September 28, 7pm. Listen live on

  • Art + Environment Conference October 9-11—Lauren Bon, Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison of the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure present The Intermountain West

  • Conversation 79/100 Conversations About Water: The Great Sierra River Cleanup, which will take place simultaneously all over the Sierra Nevada. Saturday, September 20 at 9am–noon. Location available upon RSVP. To Sign up contact Brittni Brown 760.873.3584 x262

  • Conversation 80/100 Conversations About Water: Mono Lake level conditions at the peak of the last Ice Age. Monday, September 29 at 5:30 pm in the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden

  • LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. Vote for Undevelopment One submitted by Metabolic Studio and the Harrison Studio, Center for the Force Majeure. Vote here starting September 2 through September 16.