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Garden of Appreciation


This project was part of the 'Neglected' exhibition in Berlin 2010. Held in a vast space of a disused building that was about to be rebuilt, a collection of artists were invited to choose an area within the space and produce something on the theme of Neglect. I chose to reflect the opposite of neglect; appreciation, and built a garden in a portion of a room where the floor was destroyed and the wall crumbled. I planted flowers made from card and magazines in plastic bottles using sticks and straws for stems. Next to the garden was a bag full of small items - toys and treasures - and an invitation for people to take one and plant it in the garden giving thanks for something they appreciated. The garden became a shrine over the two days of the exhibition as people welcomed the opportunity to think about what they were thankful for.

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