The Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab

The Bulkhead Lab

Grow will take up the ideas of com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers and inter­est groups to devel­op a cre­ative urban agri­cul­ture instal­la­tion com­prised of a series of plat­forms for grow­ing food.

Oth­er Sights for Artist’s Projects has secured per­mis­sion to use a 10,400 sq. ft. plot near the pop­u­lar sea­wall walk­way called the bulk­head to install this green lab.  In many ways the bulk­head is a tran­si­tion­al zone.  It sits on the periph­ery of pub­lic parks, unde­vel­oped and bristling with rem­nants of the indus­tri­al past.

the bulkhead site

Tak­ing up the pro­vi­sion­al state of the bulk­head, Grow will use read­i­ly avail­able mate­ri­als such as wood­en palettes, super sacks, and burlap to con­struct a series of five sculp­tur­al plat­forms for grow­ing root veg­eta­bles, leafy greens, herbs, fruit and mushrooms.

Pre-exist­ing struc­tures in the bulk­head will be incor­po­rat­ed into the over­all design of this sculp­tur­al instal­la­tion.  Rust­ed steel beams will become the sup­port for elab­o­rate hand­craft­ed net­ting which will sup­port the growth of scar­let run­ner beans, while the chain link fence will be grad­u­al­ly pop­u­lat­ed with small pock­ets of green plants.  New struc­tures will also be intro­duced includ­ing a liv­ing wall co-cre­at­ed with the Envi­ron­men­tal Youth Alliance that will fur­ther extend the grow­ing plane vertically.