While showing “The Subversive Gardener” at fuorisalone Milano 2010, Vanessa decided to do a bit of guerrilla gardening. Across the street from her exhibition, she planted some flowers and some seed pills. If you happen to walk by Via Thaon de Revel in Milan, and see some flowers in unusual places, you’ll know a guerrilla gardener has been around.
Here are a couple of pictures of our targets 9 days later. You’ll notice that the pills seem to be sprouting nicely, however the seedbombs seem to still be in tact without any sign of growth. Some of our targets have had some massive changes, like construction crews who have completely destroyed out little test sites. Other spots have had zero progress, as we were unable to find the pills or bombs that we left there…strange.
Tonight was our seed pill vs seed bombing event through the streets of Shoreditch. About 10 enthusiastic individuals (a mix of seasoned and new gardeners) showed up at the meeting point in Hoxton Square to join Sam and Vanessa on the walk. After hitting all targets, we ended the night with a drink in a local pub.
U.W.A.C. is organising ElectroSmog Festival, an international festival for sustainable immobility, and has asked me to take part. Vanessa and collaborator Sam Varney, a graphic design student from Central Saint Martins, organized a seed bomb vs seed pill event in East London. The objective of this event is to introduce newcomers to guerrilla gardening, as well as to test the effectiveness of the seed pill in comparison to the traditional seed bomb.
Seed bombs are currently used as one of the various means of sowing seeds by guerrilla gardeners. The “Seed Pill” is a new version of the seed bomb (a ball made of clay, compost and seeds). It combines the efficacy of the seed bomb with a cleaner, smaller and more discreet design. Enjoy!