Posts Tagged ‘Public Art’

Seeds From Grow

The Grow Seed Exchange brought about some seed shar­ing at the Creek­side Com­muntiy Cen­tre. If you hap­pen to be the hap­py recip­i­ent of one of the Grow seed pack­ages but don’t know a lot about plant­i­ng and grow­ing the seeds look for details below.


Grow Walk

Please join Jason Pack­er, sus­tain­abil­i­ty con­sul­tant with Rec­ol­lec­tive for a live­ly walk through the Olympic Vil­lage. Jason will dis­cuss the green fea­tures of the devel­op­ment and how the­se inno­va­tions reflect the chang­ing land­scape of sus­tain­able design. How can sus­tain­abil­i­ty be built into our urban envi­ron­ments and enact­ed in every­day life will be explored in this walk­ing dia­logue.


Grow Workshop: August 13th, 2011

Please join Chloe Ben­nett, a stu­dent of Land­scape Archi­tec­ture at UBC for a live­ly dis­cus­sion about mason bee habi­tat. Mason bees are small blue coloured bees that are impor­tant gar­den pol­li­na­tors. They have spe­cific needs for nest­ing and Chloe will be able to guide you in the prop­er meth­ods of build­ing a mason bee home. She will also share her expe­ri­ence in cre­at­ing the Van­cou­ver round­about project Bees Please.


Seed Bomb Making at the Bulkhead Lab

Join us for some seed bomb mak­ing at the Bulk­head Lab. We will form clay, com­post and seeds into small “bombs” to be lobbed at The Games are Open, a large-scale sculp­ture of a bull­dozer cre­ated by Berlin-based artists Köb­ber­ling and Kalt­wasser. Con­structed out of wheat board this sculp­ture is intend­ed to slow­ly decom­pose over time, even­tu­ally becom­ing a plant nurs­ery. The seed bombs will con­tribute to this bur­geon­ing ecosys­tem.


Bit by Bit

After get­ting the walk­way and demo stage put togeth­er. We moved on to build­ing the pal­let plat­forms to sup­port the super sacs. We filled each sac with about 2 feet of soil. The rim of the sacs will provide some pro­tec­tion from the ele­ments.


Yardworks Donates 8 Cubic Yards of Soil

We are very grate­ful to Yard­works for their dona­tion of soil to the Grow project. It’s an excel­lent blend that will provide good nutri­tion for our plants.


Gargantuan Rosemary Finds Home

Lam­oureux Archi­tect is in the process of remod­el­ing their offices and Brad Lam­oureux and Anne Maison­neu­ve kind­ly offered their rose­mary plant to the Grow project. It was a long jour­ney for this large rose­mary.


Cleaning around the edges and under the mound

It was a rare sun­ny after­noon for our site clean-up. We approached the clean up with a light touch in some places and in others…it took a lot of cut­ting, pulling and thrash­ing.


The Bulkhead Lab is taking shape

Today, thanks to a kind dona­tion from Yard­works we received 8 cubic yards for rain­forest mix soil.


The fence is complete..for now

The third Grow work­shop took place last Sat­ur­day. We man­aged to plant and hang the last of the pock­et gar­dens on the chain link fence. Many of them are sprout­ing and fill­ing out.


Carlos, AKA The Pallet Guy

Many thanks to Car­los also known as The Pal­let Guy for deliv­er­ing (and unload­ing) 75 pal­lets for the Grow project.


Design Nerds Jam 5.6 Grow

The Grow Design Jam 5.6 brought the Design Nerds and the Grow project togeth­er for some cre­ative, col­lec­tive brain­storm­ing around grow­ing food, col­lect­ing water and com­post­ing at the Bulk­head Lab. Ocean and Ali­cia and I intro­duced the Jam with some infor­ma­tion about the Design Nerds, Grow and a look at some inno­v­a­tive art, design, and archi­tec­ture projects that use liv­ing mate­ri­als.


Rajdeep Singh Gill and Fabiola Nabil Naguib

Please join cura­tor and schol­ar Rajdeep Singh Gill and artist, writer, and activist Fabi­o­la Nabil Naguib for this talk, dis­cus­sion and walk­ing jour­ney in expand­ing notions of sus­tain­abil­i­ty.


Roaming the Village for the Second Workshop

The sun final­ly came out dur­ing our sec­ond work­shop so we end­ed up roam­ing a lit­tle far­ther to look for infra­struc­ture that could be used as sup­port for grow­ing. Heather came up with some inter­est­ing designs for float­ing gar­dens, might not be best for salt water but then pos­si­bly it would work in a water fea­ture?


Upcoming Third Grow Workshop

Join artist Hol­ly Schmidt, Van­cou­ver Design Nerds, Ocean Dion­ne and Ali­cia Med­i­na Ladda­ga and a team of mas­ter gar­den­ers for a work­shop explor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties for grow­ing food in the urban envi­ron­ment. Through obser­va­tion, dis­cus­sion and hands-on pro­to­type build­ing you will cre­ate and share new ways to grow food in the city. Small pock­et gar­dens will be plant­ed at Creek­side and then sus­pend­ed on chain link fences near the Grow project site. Take a minia­ture gar­den of your own to add some green to your neigh­bour­hood.


Making and Gardening at First Grow Workshop

The first Grow work­shop at Creek­side Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre, was co-facilitated by Mas­ter Gar­den­ers (Christine and Joan­ne) and Van­cou­ver Design Nerds (Ali­cia and Ocean). We kicked off the work­shop by look­ing at some inspir­ing exam­ples of urban gar­den­ing from art, archi­tec­ture, design and also gueril­la gar­den­ing. Some of our favourite exam­ples include the String Gar­den and work of artist Lois Wein­berg­er.


Upcoming Second Workshop May 28th, 2011

Join artist Hol­ly Schmidt, Van­cou­ver Design Nerds, Ocean Dion­ne, archi­tects, Stephanie Doerk­sen, Anne Mais­soneu­ve and artist-gardener Lois Klassen for a work­shop explor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties for grow­ing food in the urban envi­ron­ment.


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.


Micro Gardens for Chain Link Fences

The Grow Work­shops are com­ing up…first one is this Sat­ur­day, May 21st. In prepa­ra­tion, Elisa, cura­to­ri­al assis­tant with Oth­er Sights, orga­nized a work bee at my stu­dio. She taught us how to cre­ate this easy (rel­a­tive­ly) to fold pock­ets that can be sim­ply attached to a chain link fence and used for grow­ing.


Grow and Jane’s Walks: Considering the Bulkhead

On Sat­ur­day May 7th, Duane Elverum and I led a Jane’s Walk through South East False Creek in Van­cou­ver.  This is the home of the recent­ly devel­oped Olympic Vil­lage.  It’s intend­ed to be a mod­el sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and will even­tu­al­ly house 16,000 peo­ple.  In this con­text Duane and I felt it was impor­tant to ask a num­ber of ques­tions about the chal­lenges that face our grow­ing and chang­ing cities.