biodiversity, critical theory, current projects, food plants, interventions in public space, public art, traditional indigenous knowledge

Nearly lost: Re-introducing images of Vancouver’s native fruit trees. City of Vancouver CoastalCity public art programme installed in bus shelters

An ongoing public art project, involving four posters, of two of the fruit trees prized by the Salish in which is today the City of Vancouver.

castle grünenfelder ingram 2016 'Nearly lost mock-up of bus shelter

This is a mock-up of one of the posters envisioned for various bus shelters around Vancouver.

air tasting as investigation, biodiversity, interventions in public space, traditional indigenous knowledge

Air tasting in the Burgoyne Valley of Salt Spring Island, Pacific Canada

Our air tasting in the Burgoyne Valley of Salt Spring Island, Pacific Canada took place on an early autumn weekend as the dryness of the summer drought shifted to dampness.

2015 Oct 14 Burgoyne Valley oaks air tasting (small)

This air tasting is particularly historic because less than six months later, these two massive, valley-bottom Garry oak, Quercus garryana, trees blew down in an early spring storm. Stems from one of the two oaks, now on the ground and horizontal, have been struggling to leaf.

2015 Oct 14 Burgoyne Bay intertidal air tasting(small)

This is a historic beach with perhaps 10,000 years of human occupation. We sat at the petroglyph that probably marked the edge between the village of Xwwaaqw’um, where canoes were beached, and the exceptionally shallow bay where clams and oysters were farmed. While all of the shore is protected as Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park (and Mount Maxwell Ecological Reserve to the north along the bay), the marine ecosystem and smellscape is currently dominated by the odour of untreated sewage from some of the houseboats and dogs that are brought ashore to defecate on the beach.

food plants, horticulture, urban environmental design

espaliered fruit: grafted & trained

Espaliers, trained into flat two-dimensional forms, are ideal not only for decorative purposes, but also for gardens in which space is limited. In a temperate climate, they may be planted next to a wall that can reflect more sunlight and retain heat overnight or planted so that they absorb maximum sunlight by training them parallel to the equator. These two facts allow the season to be extended so that fruit has more time to mature.