Conceptual Art, Garden Blogs, and Seaweed

***Conceptual art, Public art, Ego art, “plonk art”, modern art in the plaza, if it’s in the public domain people are arguing about it. This article(Building magazine website), by Tarek Merlin lays out the story of a project their working on. Including this excellent description of old school vs. new school, a nice read:

The old school, now derisorily referred to as “plonk art”, sees the answer in large, robust sculptures by big-name artists, but these pieces always seem devoid of contextual value.

The new school says we should make art integral to the built environment. It takes local contextual clues and weaves them into the infrastructure, rethinking the design of a public bench or the humble paving slab.

*** Pam Penick writes about the boom in blogging by Gardeners in Austin, Texas. I guess there’s more to do in Austin than eat good food, listen to a little music, and maybe . . . watch a little football.

*** Worm casings, energy walls, reclaimed wood and:

cold-processed fresh fish fertilizer, mychorrizal fungi, seaweed and tea, among other things, to keep plants healthy.

It’s all here, a good list on some of the hot buttons; right now, in the green movement by Carolyn Leitch.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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