Oh, I LOVE this. This is a story about Vertical Gardens. The Art of Green. Green urban gardens. Happy Earth Week, Jackson Hole! The photo above is from Vertical Garden’s Exit Art website.
Vertical Gardens is “…an exhibition of architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden or green roof.”
Imagine Jackson’s new downtown garage transformed as a vertical garden. A vertical forest, a vision of vines! Imagine it surrounded with indigenous wildflowers and plants, an ever-changing public art installation, transforming itself with every season. Wow.
Vertical Gardens encompasses over 20 projects by “…artists and architects that envision solutions for building greener urban environments.” Cities all around the world are finding ways to include gardens in their planning, knowing the urban aesthetic will increase a hundred fold. They’re great ways to feed and inspire urban dwellers, and since Jackson’s downtown is bent on adding multi-million dollar commercial and residential spaces, how about including green gardens in the design? Provide space for sustaining, aesthetic projects in every development and pay it back, pay it forward to the community. And bring our town’s profile up to new age marketing snuff while you’re at it! Bring the region’s great beauty right past the city line and into…town’s heart.
Here’s more from their site:
“Largely based on the principles of hydroponics, vertical gardens would also be mostly self-sustaining because they would capture large amounts of natural sunlight and water, and could use wind as an energy source. In a country where cities are suffocated by high rises, cement and industrial materials, where can green space exist? As this exhibition demonstrates, one possible answer is “up.” These and other urban parks and gardens provide areas for socialization and recreation; a location for a city farm or community land-trust; an outlet through which hundreds of people can learn about farming and agriculture; and the addition of much needed plant and animal life to the otherwise concrete jungle.”
Vertical Gardens is a project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) , which is an off shoot of Exit Art, which “…is an independent vision of contemporary culture prepared to react immediately to important issues that affect our lives.” The New York City center, 25 years old, engages in “…experimental, historical and unique presentations of aesthetic, social, political and environmental issues.” Exit Art says it “absorbs cultural differences that become prototype exhibitions,” and embraces multiple disciplines. Starting as a ‘grass roots’ project, it has grown into a contemporary green, artistic powerhouse. Always changing, it is now internationally recognized for its innovations, curatorial depth, media savvy and stick-to-it-ness.
Few endeavors build community like gardening. And few activities provide the warm sense of well-being that gardening does. Win. Win again. If we incorporate the Verticle Garden vision into ours, we won’t be able to take our eyes off the results.