Transforming a community garden
into a Citizen Science LAB
Using science, art, play, storytelling, language, philosophy and collaboration, we gathered the garden’s contents. All specimens discovered and made in the workshops form the interactive archive for participants, or those that missed out on experiencing the garden first hand. Beyond the website, Garden_lab lived in the OTWG cabin where the physical specimen archive grew, and where visitors could engage in the archive, texts, recordings and artworks, around the project and the garden.
Over the course of six months we delivered and invited garden users, regular or new, to investigate with us and form a Herbarium (our garden archive), to capture the essence and value we collectively deemed appropriate.
The Garden_lab website acted as both promotion for the citizen science programmed events, and subsequently the archive of the documentation made at such events.
Over the course of a summer 6 layered workshop days were designed to investigate a different category of the garden. Aiming to properly represent both the social and economic biodiversity that grows from a rich green space.
The identity aimed to capture the craft and beauty of gardening in old and cut it with a contemporary exploratory feel.
Creating with the garden.
The workshops varied from; making pigments out of the plants, mono printing with nature, linking up real life networks like roots do, mimicking the wildlife's use of the space through head cam's, creating our own charcoal....
Illustration Working with Andrew Thorpe to illustrate the narrative in the garden by spotlighting the layers we had broken the events into. We sought to amorphasise the garden, and exagerate the plants, creatures and organisms that it holds.
Project with Assembly. Illustration with Andrew Thorpe. Website built by Kuba Bartwicki.Photography by Maria Barnish.