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The following pictures show clearly the different stages of the metamorphosis that the plot underwent. Unfortunately, there aren’t any photos of the pit that used to be there.

Here we have dragged in place some of the tree trunks delivered by Stara. Mounds of soil and bark chippings are waiting to be spread.

 

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Scott talked the city into give us a hand in the form of a small tractor and a driver, who spread the bark chippings and most of the soil over the plot. Unfortunately, the schedules were a bit off, and there was a truck-load of soil from Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) the following day when the tractor wasn’t there anymore. Together we tucked in with the one wheelbarrow we had and spread the soil the best we could. It was ok, although quite slow and laborious. Naturally, the soil-free patches were the furthest away from the heaps of soil, and in the absence of proper digging spades, we used regular snow shovels. The original plan was that students and growers would construct the park together, but the students from School of Arts were in short supply.

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The second grower meeting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture saw little participation.

I met Scott at the plot of cultivation the previous Sunday and so knew beforehand about the plans he and his students had made. Stara had promised to deliver fewer than 20 concrete rings but it would still amount to less than one cultivation ring per grower. Furthermore, the donation of a garden shed is now a dead duck. (more…)



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Airikka has had to step down from co-ordinating the initiative for personal reasons, and she asked me to take on her responsibilities.

Helsinki city landscaped the plot by tipping cubic meter after cubic meter of sand into the pit. The job was completed on the 21st of April 2011. I can’t help thinking how the sand that was tipped over snow and ice will stay put…

Scott applied for a grant with the School of Arts on behalf of the park project, and Artova applied for World Design Capital 2012 funding. (more…)



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If the queues for an allotment garden are long and the allotments far from your home, guess what: you can still have the opportunity to dig in and sink your fingers in that black, fluffy soil. If you don’t have as much as a French balcony, not to worry – hear these tips given by urban gardeners!

 

Airikka Mannerkoski, a mother of three living in Arabianranta, found herself wondering why there were no useful plants on the yards she could see around her. “Why do I, as a mother, have to tell my kids not to pick berries from the ornamental bushes? Rather, I’d like to encourage them to eat the fruit of useful plants to their heart’s desire! We do live in a city but it would be nice to be able to pick the nutrients and greens close-by.”

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Scott and his students gave a presentation to the future growers of what lies ahead. Of the 46 people who had signed up as growers some 20 turned up. The plan is to cultivate in concrete rings of different sizes that the city has promised to donate. The plot will be covered with forest floor and bark chippings, and the current plan is to have fruit trees, berry bushes, a pergola, tree trunks for benches and a (donated) shed for tools. (more…)



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During winter, the planning went on in the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture headed by Scott Elliott. In November, Scott met with the architect in charge of Arabianranta area in the City Planning Department, and the designs and plans made by students were sent to the architect already by the end of the month. December saw three designs chosen and presented to the city decision-makers, after which one of the designs was selected for realisation.

At the end of February, Scott, Tuula Isohanni and the architect from the City Planning Department had one final meeting about the budget and matters concerning some last loose ends. In the beginning of March, the chosen plan was handed over to the environmental engineer of the Land Division of the Real Estate Department who would use it when landscaping the plot.

 

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Airikka met with the art school students today to communicate the wishes residents have for the cultivated work of art. The wishes put forward by the residents were to have areas of all sizes for cultivating, a place for hanging out, a box with a lock for tools and a compost bin. The residents were also hoping that the artwork would become a monument of Arabianranta. (more…)



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Before initiating the planning process, Scott Elliott from Aalto University School of Arts met with city officials. In the meeting, they agreed on the following framework for the project:

  • ­Alongside with its function as a place for growing plants, the plot is supposed to serve as a park area and should thus look nice. (more…)


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At this point, it’s clear that we can use the empty plot for cultivation in the summer of 2011. We would have liked to start this year, but no can do. It’s ok, though, the future looks bright, and everything has went so well that you wouldn’t believe. At least I wouldn’t, true to my Finnish brand of scepticism.

 

The Arabianranta art co-ordinator, Tuula Isohanni from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, has taken the project under her wing. She has managed to achieve progress both with the city and with the School of Arts. The project now has the support of the city, and the planning will start at the department of environmental art sometime in the autumn. The application for a WDC initiative has been handed in, and it’s realistic to expect that it will pass and that financial support would come from that quarter.

 

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