anna garforth
anna garforth
jul 26, 2010

anna garforth

‘head gardener’

considering herself an urban land artist, anna garforth from the UK integrates her interest in urban ecology and sustainability through her creative practice. from moss collecting, wild city foraging to hunting down undomesticated areas of the urban forests in her neighbourhood, these activities have driven her to discover and understand more about her natural surrounding and express this passion through the following projects.

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‘head gardener’ is a guerilla gardening project that turns milk bottles into plant containers. showcased around urban areas, these containers are treated like characters with overflowing plants doubling as hair.

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anna garforth ‘rethink’

‘rethink’ is an installation set up in front of regents canal in london, england which is an electrical power site with two main resources: gas and water. the word communicates a need to rethink what our society consumes and how we collectively use our resources.

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anna garforth detail of stapled leaves

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anna garforth ‘nourish’

‘nourish’ is self-initiated and collaborative ecological graffiti piece between anna garforth and poet eleanor stevens. the typeface was handwritten by stevens, which was then rendered in moss. 

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anna garforth anna garforth featured spread in idN v17n3: eco-graphics issue

anna garforth is currently featured in the international bi-monthly graphic design publication IdN as part of the ‘eco graphics’ issue which looks at the works of designers and ways in which they seek to change consumer behaviour and attitudes about the environment.

  • Very nice and very good idea, giving to urban furniture something nice to see. Cities need these designers desperately – just imegine garbage containers with a nicer look!

    celeste raposo
  • wow !!!

  • Whether its similar to the artist in berlin or not at least its a rethink in urban interaction… a positive for a change.

  • I just bought a book by Keri Smith called “The Guerilla Art Kit” which cites both the moss graffiti and weaving leaves through fences. The book overall is fantastic.

  • BTW, I have seen something a bit similar in Berlin : a street artist placed yellow wooden boxes with a plant in each one of it and he wrote “wonder beauty find me on facebook”
    I am not quite sure he is delivering eco-conscious messages but the idea is very similar to the milk bottles


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