Residents of Melbourne may have spotted some spinning greenery above their heads as the world's first rotating air gardens recently made their dizzy debut at the Les Erdi Plaza, Northbank. Artist Lloyd Godman designed these wonderful gardens, which dangle from wire suspended between light posts, for his latest project called Airborne. Each piece is unique and completely self-sufficient.
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.