Gardens to Go, by Susan Leibovitz Steinman

Greening and reuse of material

Greening and reuse of material

Artist: Susan Leibovitz Steinman

Title: Gardens to Go  

Year created: 2008

Location: West Oakland, USA

Materials: found objects and food plants

What is the piece’s impact?  It lead to the temporary transformation of a small plot of land. The artist worked with about 50 people from the local community – neighborhood volunteers and youth participating in “learn and earn” summer eco-gardening program.

Local people, including kids, helped in the execution of the project.

Local people, including kids, helped in the execution of the project.

How does this project relate to this change as art?

While temporary, the project serves as a “prototype community organic food garden of portable sculptural raised beds” which “demonstrates how to grow healthy food with little money and less land—critical to ecologically and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.” (source) Ultimately, it served to demonstrate that gardens can grow anywhere people are willing to plant them.

What makes this an artistic project? The concept was developed and managed by an environmental artist.

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