Schmidt is an articulate member of a new tribe of socially engaged artists who are committed to cultivating community gardens and urban agricultural plots as works of public art. Their creative roots extend into a number of postmodern movements, from Fluxus and earth art to relational aesthetics and new genre public art, and their role is often to co-ordinate and facilitate rather than manufacture and lecture. As demonstrated by the Grow project, such artists are happy to consult the experts—biologists, agronomists, horticulturists, landscape architects, community workers—for public lessons in the keeping of mason bees, the creation of vertical strawberry planters, or the building of backyard chicken coops. Demonstrations and workshops are an integral part of the process…read more
Excerpt from Robin Laurence’s article in Canadian Art on-line, “Artists and Gardens: A Growing Concern.” November, 2011.