bikebarrow (2006) futurefarmers

springtime is here so let’s continue with the theme of friday’s post on 9999’s radical gardening work at ny-moma…  let’s look to a more recent use of gardening as an artistic platform/material.
victory gardens, a sprawling and beautiful project by san francisco based collectivefuturefarmers, was based in part on the original victory garden civic works initiative that took place during world war 1 & 2. 
pogoshovel (2006) – futurefarmers

besides being a framework to facilitate and encourage people to grow vegetable gardens in their yards and other small urban spaces, victory gardens is a poetic work about people connecting that involved sculpture, like the “bikebarrow” and “pogo shovel” from the related “possible/impossible” series shown here, and the social sculpture that’s evidenced by the moving note a key participant in the project, who didn’t speak english, handed to futurefarmers founder amy franceschini.

participants recieved a starter kit and could attend educational workshops to help them get started.  the original victory garden projects produced 8 billion tons of food so a real element of massive possibility exists along with the smiley sense of possibilty a sculpture like “pogoshovel” produces.
more on victory gardens and futurefarmers here via our pal paul writing at art:21.

futurefarmers (amy franceschini, daniel allende and michael swaine) at the u of minn last week
futurefarmers has, in all of it’s work, walked a quiet line between art,  gentle socio-political activism, science and education that is inspiring to me in profound ways. 
they were here in minneapolis last week laying the ground work for “a people without a voice cannot be heard” a new project that will happen this summer at the walker art center as a part of the “open field” programming that rolu has been involved with from the start. you will hear tons more from me about this soon.
please enjoy the day.
posted by matt olson