|ERA Architects’ provocative Hoarding Suggestions outside at the Gladstone|
Friday’s opening night bash at the Gladstone was jam packed. Grow Op, Exploring Landscape and Place, is a different kind of garden show.
Small-scale, creative and thought provoking, Grow Op installations range from quirky to quite beautiful, curated by landscape architect, Victoria Taylor. You might recall Victoria’s award-winning Concrete Bloom Burst (created with Ecoman Jonas Spring) at Canada Blooms 2012.
Today, April 28, 2013 until 5 pm, is your last chance to see and experience Grow Op. Despite the siren call of this most-welcome, springlike weather, you should go. Ten bucks gets you in the door, and you’ll emerge with a brainpan full of stimulation.
|Ryan Taylor’s Babylon Light greets you on the 2nd floor. Yes, you can try this at home. Visit his website to purchase.|
|Out on the balcony, Decomposition/Composition by the three-man team, Detritus & Co., explores the cycle of (plant) life. How fitting, that Norway maple seedling is. Talk about indomitable nature!|
|Two of the Detritus team, Barry Parker (left) and Jonas Spring. I caught up with David Leeman shortly after.|
These are only a handful of the 25 installations. Many of them have an interactive element. Be sure to enter Andrea Nesbitt’s Soft Talk batcave, for example, and pay attention to what happens – before you enter Outside Studio’s camera obscura. If the sun is out, the latter will be exceptionally colourful.