Garden of Weeds

in situ Intervention
Dimensions: variables

Curator: Julien Petit


The wasteland as the manifestation of a forgotten or failed project or structure, the total consumption of a building. It can be an enclosed territory that has been confined in a kind of uncertainty about its use or purpose, or on the contrary, the result of a more complex strategy that has to do with siege and dispossession, used in some architectural projects that, supported in the broken glass theory, perhaps reproduce a high ranking machinery like that of the state. A minimal intervention gives departure to the phenomenon in that which the image of the dispossessed manifests.


But the deterioration and undefined space can surely be seen in another light: as a point of departure, the fracture in that homogeneity proposed by concrete. This interstice then proposes not only a spatial possibility, but also the possibility of establishing a new dynamic. In the terrain’s twilight small seedlings begin to emerge, with their small but vigorous roots that maintain their life and form a small community, as such evoking the best of the gardens. It is here where the battle of the weeds for the re-conquest of the territory to which they once belonged begins; they are the pioneers, clinging to the ground in order to retake the earth and as such, prove a sort of new micro-legislation over the terrain. At this point it’s opportune to consider the balance that should exist between structure and environment, between thought, edification, and production.


July 26, 2014