As some of you might know, I’m a huge proponent of livable streets, and improving the landscape and beauty of our greatest community asset and public space - sidewalks. I even took part in Mulching trees up and down Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. I found this really great project in Toronto that I would love to meld into our own little project here in LA.
“Public planter boxes are great in theory. They’re a refuge for nature in the city. A way of cleaning our air and beautifying our streets. But in practice, many public planters are untended or empty, too big or too small for the plants they’re meant to contain, or simply falling apart.
Last month, Sean Martindale decided to do something about it in his home city of Toronto. With a grant from the arts organization Toronto FEAST, Martindale organized a project called Outside the Planter Boxes. He rounded up a group of local “artists, designers, gardeners and urbanites” to execute “planter interventions” in sites across the city. In the end, 17 participants made more than 30 projects in a single 24-hour period during the weekend of May 20.”
Beer Box Origami Flowers by Karen Abel
Grass Spills by Sean Martindale.
Snake Tail by Hyein Lee
Airport planter by Martin Reis.
“We all have stakes in our shared environments, and this public project directly engages with Toronto’s urban fabric. One of the primary intents of the Outside the Planter Boxes project is to encourage more direct participation and interest in our shared public spaces – to demonstrate that the public can play a more consciously active role in how our city is shaped. Hopefully you will find the project reveals possibilities for alternatives and perhaps more biodiversity, creative gestures, and better city infrastructure.” - Sean Martindale