click images for larger view. . . a large, barren court before a stripped-down neoclassic hulk, behind an unfriendly gate which you shouldn't chain your bike to. It's so blank and receded, it's urban-invisible. Hundreds - if not thousands - pass by it every day without seeing it. The SAIC students imagine a
garden climbing the walls up into the sun. Imagine dancing lights that showcase the architecture of surrounding buildings. And imagine all the lighting and irrigation powered by a wind turbine, by solar panels and by energy captured from the roaring passage of L trains. From walls of plants to a curtain of LED lights, from fescue and cyclamen to a neon lightning bolt, this garden suggests the lively ideas that erupt when artists, designers, schools, corporations, and industry put their heads together to create sustainable solutions for urban living.
hey, as Judy Tenuta might say, "It could happen!" It would certainly provide a relief to glum substation's annual summer festival of pigeons. There's no law that, just because you're in the shadow of the "L", you have to be dour and glum, as well.
More information on all the special gardens here.
I've never been to a Flower & Garden Show - maybe I should check this one out. I, myself, like to press wild flowers, although, truth be told, no matter how hard I do, they usually still refuse to comment. In any event, it's a sign that winter's long oppression is lifting, and that in just weeks we'll be seeing the likes of this again . . .