// silvio palladino 2009       // images//

Urban Garden (installation)

Working on a Zen garden is considered to be something about entertainment and creativity, but it actually requires time and patient. To place a Zen garden in a transit area is to encourage people to slow down and enjoy the results of actions which are very simple but still, require dedication and time. Using the time of the making as an opportunity to socialize is like playing a chess game, but with no antagonism.
The title refers also to urban vegetable gardens, the practice of growing vegetables in small areas inside the city. Urban vegetable gardens have an intrinsic economic value for family units. They also contrast the general direction of moving activities at the edges of the city.
A tendency that since the '50s has kept reducing the contact between people and food, limiting it to commercial spaces. In this sense, my aim is to create a parallel between these two social interstices.


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