the garden project

In 2013, my friend Lisa McIlroy devised a plan to create a large scale installation of a garden made of inert materials. Little did we know this happenstance collaboration would have such a great impact on our professional goals as artists. The Garden Project combines my background in landscape architecture with Lisas’ background in visual art to create an interactive garden, designed to educate the public on the quality of life benefits associated with the addition of art and landscape architecture in communities.

We wanted to create a space the public could interact with. We imagined leafy walls, berms, flowers, a typical garden realized in various tones of white, cream, gray, and black. So, in October of the same year, we applied for a micro grant to help us realize our project. The grant is called Paseo Feast, or ‘Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics’. From that point on, it was like a whirlwind. We were offered a beautiful gallery on the spot. We firmed up a date for March, and away we went.

From October of 2013 to the first week in March of 2014, we worked tirelessly to create the structures, pieces, and parts necessary to create this installation. We created a design plan in AutoCAD to lay out every room and assign specific tasks. For the first week in March, we installed our design. This was an extremely labor intensive process that involved building many of our elements on site. After a very grueling {but fun!} week of assembling our vision, we opened The Garden Project on March 7th. It was open for the entire month. After the exhibition concluded, we reconfigured the project in an alternate gallery space on Paseo. The project will be up there for the remainder of April.

Now that we have concluded what we call ‘Phase One’, we are now working towards the next steps of fabrication. We would eventually like to see this garden constructed of weather resistant materials. It will be a mobile art piece that ‘pops up’ in different areas of our community, again to illustrate the impact of art and landscape on quality of life. We hope to make great progress in our efforts this year. Stay tuned to watch the evolution unfold!

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Below are several images from our installation at JRB Art at the Elms. Enjoy…


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