Back to Eden

Dave MacKenzie's avatar Dave MacKenzie

This project is a living painting, with plants as the paint and the LiveWall growing system as the canvas. The various colors and textures are tied together with a tendril of purple vining through the 11' x 130' canvas. The wall took approximately 2 1/2 weeks to construct and another week to plant. There are over 2500 plants and about 60 different varieties of plants. It is intended to be a colorful, beautiful, thought provoking tribute to living-architecture visionaries like William McDonough, John Todd, and Malcom Wells (who have influenced society to think and act sustainably). Such "gray to green" visionaries foresee an Eden-like future with buildings, bridges, parking lots, offices and homes clothed in greenery, and plants used to insure the ecological health of the planet (purifying air and water, cooling and insulating, feeding birds and butterflies and people). My objective with Back to Eden, is to provide a glimpse of what such a future might look like.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 1 ft.
  • Medium: planted wall
  • Width: 130 ft.
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 11 ft.