Art, Sustainability And The American Lawn
Edible Estates questions the politics of design in suburbia.
Artist Fritz Haeg‘s Edible Estates installation works with suburban front lawns as canvases for growing and cultivating functioning gardens. Here, the interventions offers us a way into thinking about the design of American communities, and our relationships with food ecologies:
The Edible Estates project responds to uniformity and division, represented by both the sprawling green lawn and the local election, with biodiversity and community engagement. Local agriculture not only impacts how a place looks, but also how its people interact. Each Edible Estate is unique to its location, using plants native to the area and growing climate. Though the gardens are usually commissioned by a museum or not-for-profit space, the design is done in accordance with the inhabitant’s wishes.