Showing posts with label Green Veins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Green Veins. Show all posts

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Green Veins - Momentary Garden - 28th May 2011

Celia installed a Momentary Garden outside PLACE this afternoon, consisting of some green water soluble paint, numerous potted plants and some seating and lasting for an hour. Green Veins continues until Tuesday.

Green Veins update

Throughout the 3 years of undertaking the MA Art in Public at the University of Ulster Celia Spouncer has undertaken a series of projects ("or in art speak - interventions" as she puts it) in Buoy Park to explore the role of visual and socially engaged art in complementing and developing her practice as an ecologist and landscape architect with over 30 years work experience.

Sunflowers at Buoy Park, Belfast. Photo by Celia Spouncer.
The urban allotment proved a huge success with everyone. It was planted with wood strawberries, courgettes, runner beans and sunflowers which stood bold against the more formal amenity planting.

When I stopped to take a photograph of the sunflowers, a man with a bottle in a plastic bag with his dog sitting beside him, remarked how the sunflowers made him smile - like a living framed canvas.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Green Veins on Flickr

Celia Spouncer has been travelling far and wide in her investigation of the health of green space in Belfast.

Cooking up a soup (c) green veins belfast on Flickr

You can see some of her adventures on Flickr: click here.

Green Veins continues at PLACE until 31st May.

A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams

From the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), a short film from 2000 on young peoples' efforts to make their environments greener and more inviting.

From the NFB website:
This short documentary shows initiatives kids take to transform bare pavement into dream schoolyards. Some grow trees for shade, and vegetables for a food bank. Others build a greenhouse or a rooftop garden, while others yet construct a courtyard pond as an outdoor classroom and refuge for wildlife.

A Crack in the Pavement is a two-part video set that shows children, teachers and parents how they can work together to 'green' their school grounds and make positive changes in their communities.

Watch it online: NFB - A Crack in the Pavement (2000, 19 mins)


Green Veins exhibition continues until Tuesday at PLACE: From 17th - 31st May, you can explore a multi-layer, creative mapping installation; an analysis of green space types across Belfast following a "green vein". A unique installation by landscape architect Celia Spouncer is accompanied by an open invite to workshops investigating the "health" of green space in Belfast.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Green Veins - Day 1

In this series, landscape architect Celia Spouncer reflects on Green Veins, her installation, research and intervention project which is based at PLACE and ongoing until 31st May.

Part of the Green Veins laboratory - ongoing at PLACE until 31st May.

Greens Veins intends to reflect on the importance of green space and peoples' connection to it in critical changing times in terms of economics, politics, culture and environment changes. There seem to be 2 diverging directions in terms of green planning for Belfast. A strong urbanisation with seemingly little priority for green space or features; and an undercurrent of community interest connecting to role of green space in health, food production, buffering impacts of climate change and emotional and spiritual well being. Cities are urban, so should every corner be manicured and landscaped in a formal manner or is there scope for creativity and innovative ecological planning and design? What is the relevance of green space to young people increasingly disconnected with their surrounds?

Tuesday 17th May: Day 1 at PLACE involved the setting up of a ‘pocket park’ and allotment as part of the ‘green laboratory’ - somewhere for the hard working PLACE staff to relax. Pocket Parks are popular in many urban cities often using derelict corners or sites - sometimes initiated by local communities or local councils. We will include key examples through the Blog site.