Creative Expressions within Collective Gardens

January 16, 2010

Examples of creative intervention within the Hastings Street Folk Garden, a Green Streets’ Roundabout, and Strathcona Community Garden in Vancouver. All inspired by volunteers making their mark upon an urban landscape.

Pedestrians and cyclists particularly notice the personal expression gardeners contribute. The spontaneous nature of creatively improvising within roundabouts and public spaces is both a personal and public statement. It an empowering example of being able to contribute to the expressive nature within your neighbourhood. It is also an anecdote to overly contemplated designed gardens which allow little space for collective imagination.

One Green Streets volunteer describes their use for a recycled planter.

“In my office tower a few years ago, building maintenance was in the process of putting a toilet from one of our washrooms into the landfill. I intercepted and gave this toilet a street-side front row seat. Now everyone marvels at the new planter. A few shake their heads. Just for fun for a few weeks every spring, I place a pair of legs with pants and shoes upside down in the toilet, and on Christmas Eve, Santa’s legs”.

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