Walk a little too fast and you might miss it, but nestled in the heart of Brooklyn off the Jefferson L train, a group of artists, activists, and golf lovers have turned a tiny slice of abandoned property into a nine-hole miniature golf course called THE PUTTING LOT. While PSFK reported on in it’s eminent opening in May , this golf course isn’t merely for recreational use- it’s become part of a master plan of it’s creators to promote sustainability, urban renewal, and eco-consciousness. Each of the nine putting holes was designed by a different team of artists and architects with the hopes of generating discussion and the re-imagining of the “role and the possibilities of vacant spaces in the urban fabric of the city and the fabric of an individual neighborhood.” The space, which was originally the brain child of a few friends, is now run by a network of 30 workers and volunteers from different walks of life. Seeing as how the concept of this project was urban sustainability, the group has sought to incorporate that theme into virtually the entire operation.
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The use of reclaimed materials was encouraged in the design and construction of the holes and of THE PUTTING LOT’s public areas, including wooden shipping pallets from a local factory and trash-bound sails for the awnings. Golfers will play with re-used equipment purchased from a miniature golf course in Canada that was going out of business.
Another project the group has been working on is Seed Bombing, the act of throwing wild flower seeds into abandoned lots and warehouses which will then bloom into a small indigenous garden , an idea which grew out of the Guerrilla Gardening movement of the 70′s. For $1 visitors can make their own “seed bomb” from clay, fertilizer, and native New York wildflower seeds, and learn more about urban environmentalism.
However the space is only temporary and at the end of the summer THE PUTTING LOT will return back to it’s original role as a storage lot. Be sure to check their website for events and other news.