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Artists and Gardens: A Growing Concern

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. Excerpt from Robin Laurence’s arti­cle in Cana­di­an Art on-line, “Artists and Gar­dens: A Grow­ing Con­cern.” Novem­ber, 2011.


The Straight: Two Urban Agriculture Projects

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with oth­er groups and indi­vid­u­als, Grow cul­ti­vates a wide array of veg­eta­bles, herbs, and edi­ble flow­ers in reclaimed and repur­posed con­tain­ers, all sit­ting on recy­cled wood­en ship­ping pal­lets. At the same time, it spon­sors walks and work­shops, and—against a back­drop of high-end con­dos and the non­con­sul­ta­tive hideosi­ty that is B.C. Place—promotes dia­logue around issues of “sus­tain­abil­i­ty, food secu­ri­ty, and col­lec­tive ini­tia­tives in urban areas,” — excerpt from Robin Lau­rence arti­cle Two urban agri­cul­ture projects bring art to Vancouver’s gar­dens, Van­cou­ver Straight 


Grow Launch

Grow: May 1 – Novem­ber 30 2011

Lead Artist: Hol­ly Schmidt

Oth­er Sights for Artist’s Projects is pleased to present Grow, a pub­lic art project that acts as a pub­lic forum, teach­ing tool and cre­ative lab­o­ra­to­ry for eco­log­i­cal and social sus­tain­abil­i­ty prac­tices in South East False Creek (SEFC), Van­cou­ver, Canada.

Locat­ed in Vancouver’s “green­est devel­op­ment”, the Olympic Vil­lage, Grow explores sus­tain­abil­i­ty issues through a series of walks, work­shops and cre­ative exper­i­ments in urban agri­cul­ture. Walks led by artist, Hol­ly Schmidt and invit­ed guests from archi­tec­ture; design and the human­i­ties focus on the chal­lenges faced by rapid­ly grow­ing and chang­ing cities. Work­shops invite peo­ple to imag­ine new pos­si­bil­i­ties for agri­cul­ture in the city through inven­tive pro­to­type build­ing to sup­port the pro­duc­tion of food in the urban envi­ron­ment.