Looking, thinking, and gardening.

March 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm 1 comment

Right now there’s a great – very public – exhibit in Los Angeles called How Many Billboards? Art In Stead. According to Kimberli Meyer, an organizer of the exhibit and Director of the MAK Center for Art + Architecture, the exhibit is simply a way to introduce art into public space in a big way. “Commercial messaging tells you to buy; artistic messaging encourages you to look and to think,” writes Meyer. These pieces also lead you to better appreciate the billboards’ surroundings, in my opinion, since suddenly there’s an awareness that an individual put care into creating something for that specific space.

Along those lines, I definitely agree with Jane Jacobs that “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” One of my favorite manifestations of this kind of thinking is guerrilla gardening, a semi-organized global activity where people plant crops, flowers, and other plants on abandoned or neglected stretches of public space.

March 30’s daily design idea is spend more time looking at, thinking about, and gardening in public space.

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  • 1. kseverny  |  March 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    some interesting thoughts there

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