Arboretum Installation successfully concluded. Planters and Trellis' now available for sale!
This summer's installation at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's "Waterosity" exhibit was a delight to participate in and has successfully concluded. We appreciated all of the wonderful comments and impressions people shared after visiting the site. INDUSTRYelle is pleased to offer three of the planters with trellis' for sale as the nine foot trellis' has been sold to the Ramsey Washington Watershed district!
For more information on purchasing contact Heather
Grant received from Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
In November 2008, INDUSTRYelle LLC partnered with Blue Thumb (the educational arm of the Rice Creek Watershed District) to propose an installation for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's "Waterosity" exhibit. There were 70 entries and 10 finalists. Our proposal was accepted and a grant awarded for the Spring 2009 installation.
The purpose of the exhibit is to delight people's sense, educate about the number one polluter of our waters and inspire residents to be part of the solution. The installation will be located on an existing stormwater runoff model site adjacent to a parking area with various levels of permeable pavement. Our work will demonstrate how different parking lot pavement scenarios impact water quality. When standing at the end of the collection pools, the concrete looks cold, sterile and uninviting. We will add attractive planter trellises that will be filled with native vines and plants and educational signage.
The form and design of the trellises were inspired by the Art Nouveau movement itself as well as its characteristic organic plant-inspired motifs and highly-stylized, flowing curvilinear forms. The quintessential Art Nouveau decorative "whiplash" motif (formed by dynamic, undulating, and flowing lines in a syncopated rhythm) was meant to symbolically break societal preconceptions of art and nature and redefine their role in the traditional civilian experience. The movement encompassed the full scope of art and craft from architecture and furniture to household objects. This made art and nature a part of everyday life as well as constant reminders of the importance and inseparability of our connection to the natural world.
The planters' design and placement within the educational installation serve to demonstrate its scope and purpose. The first design can be seen as the viewer is walking from the building to the site and corresponds to the permeable pavement site. It is substantial, standing nearly nine feet tall and will draw the viewer to the installation. It will be filled with abundant growth as the pavement solution provides the cleanest water result. The elements gradually decrease (height of trellis, abundance of plant growth, purity of water) as the viewer moves toward the opposite end of the installation and its entirely impermeable pavement.