|Fritz Haeg's Edible Estate #15 - Search for Minneapolis-St. Paul outer suburban front lawn|
February 8th, 2013 Announcing the OPEN CALL for the outer suburbs of the Twin Cities of MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL for the LAST edition of the EDIBLE ESTATES garden series, commissioned by THE WALKER ART CENTER
Dear Twin Cities,
I grew up in your suburbs and am returning this spring to plant the last in the series of Edible Estate Regional Prototype Gardens commissioned by the Walker Art Center. Today we begin the search for a site with an open call.
Edible Estates brings visible food production to cities, working with families around the world to create diverse organic productive pleasure gardens out their front door. It was initiated on Independence Day 2005 with the planting of the first garden in Salina, Kansas, the geographic center of the United States. Since then others have been planted in Budapest, Istanbul, Rome, Ridgefield (CT), Manhattan, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Austin, London, Maplewood (NJ), and Lakewood, (CA), plus Holon, Isreal and Aarhus, Denmark coming later this spring. Prototype garden locations are selected for maximum impact, visibility and influence, providing a vivid contrast with surrounding landscapes of suburban lawns and inner-city concrete.
The design and planting list will be developed in collaboration with the owners. Materials and expenses for the first season of growing will be provided, but the household(s) commit to continuing the garden indefinitely. We will remove the entire front lawn and plant over the weekend of May 2nd - May 4th, 2013 with local volunteers.
The garden will be documented through the first season in a journal by the owners, weekly photos and a video by the artist to be featured in the fall exhibition at the Walker Art Center opening August 8th, 2013, and a chapter in the expanded third edition of "Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn" (Metropolis Books) to be released late 2013.
Here are the guidelines for the ideal garden site:
See you in the Spring,