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Sarah Rich

GRASS WHEEL

by , 07/31/06
Photo credit: Andre Forget
grass wheel, dalhousie school of architecture

If you’ve gotta run the wheel, you might as well do it in bare feet. Many of us are so busy being good little hamsters that we never have face time with green space. A group of students from Dalhousie School of Architecture — David Gallaugher, Kevin James, and Jacob Jebailey — decided to remedy this problem with a street-ready grass-lined wheel.

The wheel is of simple construction–just plywood, mesh, fishing line, and sod–but it’s loaded with meaning. On one hand, it’s a playful protest to the lack of public green space in Halifax. On the other hand, using sod for their material offers a deeper critique on urban greenery.



Sure, the grass feels good on the feet (you wouldn’t want to landscape this thing with cacti), but only in North America would a lawn with the personality of a military haircut be considered a traveling “garden.” Does rolling out a grass carpet really make a place more “natural?”

This project reminds us of Rebar’s PARK(ing), which turned metered parking spaces into temporary parks. Both concepts point out not only on our lack of interesting green space, but also our lack of time to enjoy them. We’re huge fans of urban intervention as a means of shaking up normalcy and calling for a change.

via: Good; and previously posted at Treehugger

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35 Comments

  1. Green41day April 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    This gives new meaning to “turning the corner” for the green movement. I suppose, if this is what our best and brightest are working on, then turning that corner will take some time.

    http://www.mygreenscene.com

  2. Ella Bee April 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    This is cute. I love it. It put a smile on my face today.

    http://www.newurbanismblog.com

  3. downloadar February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    how do you turn the thing?

  4. Bicak Sırtı December 15, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Might be a little difficult to see where you’re going. ??

  5. Xstamper December 10, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    That’s cool. I need one..

  6. A beautiful way to figh... June 4, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    [...] Pictured: A lack of green urban spaces prompted a group from Dalhousie School of Architecture — Asher deGroot, David Gallaugher, Kevin James, and Jacob Jebailey — to create a whimsical artistic response: a grassed walking-wheel, which hints at sculptural possibilities for turf on every angle. This (and other marvellous photos) was taken by photojournalist André Forget. Pic sourced from Inhabitat. [...]

  7. A world in dk(decay/den... May 31, 2007 at 6:26 am

    [...] inhabitat : If you’ve gotta run the wheel, you might as well do it in bare feet. Many of us are so busy [...]

  8. Harmony Blog » Bl... May 16, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    [...] just came across this via Inhabitat (so those of you who are all “up-to-the-minute” on the internet are rolling your eyes) [...]

  9. Gabrielle May 10, 2007 at 9:24 am

    hahahahahahaha the guys cools

  10. Joanna May 10, 2007 at 9:23 am

    gabby i beat you to a second comment on this wonderful grassy page.

  11. Joanna May 10, 2007 at 9:20 am

    hey this is cool .

  12. เดินเล่... April 15, 2007 at 6:08 am

    [...] Via Inhabitat [...]

  13. livia March 20, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Interesting project. I’d like to publish this on my website but I’ll give a link to your site to:p hope it’s ok. 10X

  14. Asher deGroot February 7, 2007 at 5:33 am

    I’ll second that from Katie Oshea…. after you edited your blog to put OUR names in, you have left mine out and it never appears in connection with the project. Its been a good six months but I figure there is still time to get the credit for this project right… ASHER DEGROOT, David Gallaugher, Kevin James and Jacob Jebailey. Photo Andre Forget…. cheers

  15. jeanne January 5, 2007 at 2:00 am

    word! to your mother… earth!

  16. tinny December 30, 2006 at 2:37 am

    haha great stuff

  17. katie oshea December 22, 2006 at 1:01 am

    i see that someone named asher listed the three other people that worked on the project WITH him and i see you went back and edited so that their names were in there, but i believe you forgot the person who mentioned the other three students. you should be crediting FOUR students plus one other person who took the photograph. Looks like their name is Asher DeGroot. Crediting people is important.

  18. Andrew December 17, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    This is an excellent invention,though how owuld you see and also you could put it in your wrk if u just want to walk for a little by attaching some sort of hinges or something so it would still rotate but in place.

  19. Kate December 11, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    Oh, and P.S. That wheel doesn’t work as well as you’d think. It’s not smooth running at all, it…. wiggles a bit, if thats what you’d call it, but it’s still pretty neat

  20. Kate December 11, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    omfg I saw this guy on my vacation! xD

  21. Daniel Stone December 10, 2006 at 10:07 am

    I think that the wheel is coo; bbut I personally would never use such a contraption
    The parking space I love and wish that I could get more info on
    This parking spot idea would seem to draw more attention to the need for green space
    Daniel Stone
    CATcoDsigns

  22. Belz December 5, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    That is genius… I live in montreal but right now i´m visiting Colombia… And i tell you a wheel of grass here would be a boom! wow genius!
    Cheers!
    Dan.

  23. Never Leave for the Cit... October 12, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    [...] First, there was the wheel, then there were cities, then there was concrete, then there was no grass, now there is the Green Grass Wheel. [...]

  24. xxtashaxx October 10, 2006 at 11:52 am

    ohh yer i want one CRY
    WERE DO YOU GET THEM FROM LOL
    LUV YA’S

  25. xxtashaxx October 10, 2006 at 11:51 am

    dats funny lol if you gunna run in a big wheel lol you might as well use grass lol it
    luv ya’s tasha xxxxxxx

  26. Felicia C. Sullivan &ra... September 30, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    [...] looking for some green space? A group of students from Dalhousie School of Architecture — decided to fix this with a street-ready grass-lined wheel. god, if only i had this in my office! (via) Tag Me:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. [...]

  27. Asher deGroot September 18, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    As one of the students who worked on the project I am extremely indebted to Andre Forget for the brilliant photograph that he took. I have a great appreciation for his profession. however I am wondering where credit is given on this website and others to the four of us who created the installation without which there would be no photograph or discussion. In addition to myself there are David Gallaugher, Kevin James, and Jacob Jebailey. Cheers

  28. Nathan August 30, 2006 at 2:46 am

    If gas prices go up any higher… I’m getting one.

  29. Kevin August 16, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    How does one turn? Or does one just roll over any obstructions such as buildings, cars, people, small animals . . . .

  30. Nick August 10, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    Might be a little difficult to see where you’re going. ?? lol

  31. Andre Forget August 10, 2006 at 12:22 pm

    Hi.
    I shot that photo of the grass wheel in Halifax. After getting many legit emails aksing to either post it or buy the photo i decided to do a quick google on “grass wheel”. I was disappointed to see it in so many places without credit. Don’t get me wrong i think photos are meant to been seen but all i ask as do many other visual journailist is credit. A name to the photo. Not hard to do really when you put in context the fact that one has to “steal” the photo on the web which takes time so simply adding a credit would be nice. Of course going to correct path and asking permission might be too hard in the day and age of instant clicking.
    Andre Forget
    Halifax

  32. LordShield » Blog... August 10, 2006 at 7:27 am

    [...] If you’ve gotta run the wheel, you might as well do it in bare feet. Many of us are so busy being good little hamsters that we never have face time with green space. A group of students from Dalhousie School of Architecture decided to remedy this problem with a street-ready grass-lined wheel. » [...]

  33. [KwZ] August 8, 2006 at 3:05 am

    That’s a very good sick idea… imo

  34. carole August 4, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    i love bioneers, artists and canadians.

  35. bernadette August 4, 2006 at 6:04 am

    fantastic- i live in nyc and would love to have the wheel of grass for my dogs and i! bernadette

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