Patrick Blanc Talks About His Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc Talks About His Vertical Gardens
Design
Laura Feinstein
  • 27 april 2009

In the Talking Heads song Nothing but Flowers David Byrne describes a dystopian future where plants and vegetation have overpowered all the machinations of modern society- “There was a shopping mall, Now it’s all covered with flowers”.  It’s easy to be reminded of this phrase when viewing Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden installations, in which the artist turns the sides of ordinary builds and bridges into a lush wall of living plants. Blanc, a botanist for the CNRS turned artist, has perfected a growth technique which involves using a system of slats on the sides of buildings to hold them in place, which eradicates the need for soil and allows the plants to be light enough to grow on any surface.

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