Friday, August 3, 2012

Hanging Gardens of Seattle- Urban Agriculture Art

Walking near the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle I came across a fun urban ag installation. Unsigned and anonymous these hanging gardens swing from tree to tree along the street, happy just to be. Tomatoes, lettuce and herbs sprout up from plastic milk jugs and an innovative drip irrigation scheme is tucked into the street trees. I assumed the garden was a guerrilla art work, until a little research this morning enlightened me - it's a project of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Still I loved that it had no signage - such a nice change to see something stand for itself, in contrast to so many urban ag projects that seem to be more about their creator than the thing created. More on the project can be found here.