the pothole gardener the pothole gardener
jan 19, 2012

the pothole gardener

‘the pothole gardener’ project turns london’s potholes into tiny worlds full of living plants

londoner steve wheen brings greenery and miniature scenes to the streets of east london in his ‘the pot hole gardener‘ project. the idea, which was conceptualized based on guerrilla gardening, is simple: ‘my neighbourhood has a distinct lack of green space,‘ wheen reflects; ‘[and] Iā€™m a gardener with no garden.‘

wheen fills potholes in roads and sidewalks with soil and living plants, decorating the spaces with miniature props to create tiny worlds. the work thus eliminates the danger of potholes as it adds an enchanting bit of art and greenery into the days of passersby, simultaneously drawing attention to the problem.

full view from above of one of the installations

detail view

additional detail view

wheen’s most recent work was a response to a knitted flower he was sent

detail view

via mymodernmet

  • brilliant

    karen says:
  • Very avant garde(n)

    Gerard says:
  • Here’s a little video of all his work:

    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI22vN1xAcM&list=UUdHSkXHhkYlXRtzgbS8AilA&feature=plcp] designboom [/url]

    Jonnie says:
  • The English do love their gardens, but this takes it to a whole new level šŸ™‚

    James says:
  • cute

    dbkii says:
  • una boludez

    juliano says:
  • I lurv the little red chair & book & daffodils/narcissi. The girl walking past all th plants, I’ve done someting like that outside my back door which is full of concrete.. have stuffed cracks in the concret with lemon balm, mint & thyme & othe plants have seeded in there like marsh plants, buttercups & daisies.. hoping theyll eventually crack the concrete open.

    Cherry says:

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