Funded by the City of Melbourne’s 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia’s second largest city’s skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and adorned with bromeliad plants that get all of their nutrients from their leaves, the suspended mini gardens rotate when the wind blows.
Since bromeliads don’t require soil or water, these rotating gardens won’t require much maintenance by city workers, which must have been a major selling point. The first installation went up over the weekend in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival and more are on their way. Given that Les Erdi plaza has heavy foot traffic, this small intervention could have an uplifting green impact on the many passersby.