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Vegetable Garden (Invisible Garden)

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name: Vegetable Garden (Invisible Garden)
type: urban biotope
address: Budafabriek, Dam 2 Kortrijk Belgium
gps location: 50.8317, 3.26395
dimensions: 6.00x6.00 meter
start date: 2014-10-30
end date: 2015-02-08

General description

The Invisible Garden is a large-size art installation in the exhibition ‘the Green Light District : the place of Nature in the city of Men’. The garden is a remake of the Edible Forest Garden, the Open Air Laboratorium created by the artist AnneMarie Maes on her rooftop in the center of Brussels. The Invisible Garden is a sitespecific project that reverses the relation between nature and art. The transitions between inside and outside, culture and staged nature, become fluid and transitory.
The garden can be seen as a giant roof garden, as it covers an entire room of 200m2 on the first floor of the old Buda textile factory. Roughly four zones can be distinguished: the naturalistic mediterrenean garden, with olive trees and grasses, the edible forest garden, with bee-friendly trees, shrubs and ground covers, the vegetable garden with perennial and annual plants and the herb garden with medicinal plants.

Ecological description

The garden is conceived according to the traditions of permaculture, respecting the principle of the 7 layers. The plants are selected on their edible and melliferous qualities, they create a subtle ecosystem that is favorable for humans and honeybees. Different plant species have been carefully selected to cohabit and thus approach as much as possible the complex ecological web that we find in natural environments.
Throughout the garden we discover a series of hidden poetic memories (audio, video). AnneMarie Maes is fascinated in structures created by Nature, structures that are often not visible unless you look at it through an artistic eye and with the technological tools of modern science. Within the garden are hidden examples, shown on small embedded screens, of the extraordinary structures that AnneMarie Maes draws our attention to.
In the Mediterranean Garden the autumn-palet of the waving grasses lure the visitor inside the semi-dim room. Once deeper inside the installation, a colder and more exact laboratorium setup takes the overtone. Every plant is tagged with a QR-code. The plant’s evolution throughout the exhibition is updated in the OpenGreens database and this information can be tracked via mobile devices.

Sociological description

The garden design by AnneMarie Maes is realized with the help of Balthazar de Tonnac (code and electronics), Billy Bultheel (sound processing), AnneMarie Maes (artworks, database and plants). The horticulture students from the PTI (Provinciaal Technisch Instituut) and the gardeners from VELT ( Vereniging Ecologisch Leven en Tuinieren) will do interventions in the vegetable and herb garden.