- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

Green Graffiti Flower Bomb Balloons by studioTX

Posted By Moe Beitiks On July 12, 2008 @ 5:04 am In Art,Gardening,New York City | 1 Comment

studioTX Netherlands, studioTX Temporary Gardens, Temporary Gardens Aachen Germany, biodegradable balloons, biodegradable seed balloons, green graffiti, flower bomb balloons, urban gardening, guerrilla gardening, eco-art Germany, flowerbomb1.jpg [1]

The concept of a seed bomb [2] – a mobile medium for seeds – is not new. They were used in 1973 by the Green Guerillas [3]in New York. Artist Kathryn Miller [4] is famous for using them in a 1992 work [5]. More recently, earthen seed bombs have shown up on the art scene in all sorts of forms, including handguns [6]. The bombs themselves are usually little sculptures of clay, compost and seeds. But this work of the Dutch Studio TX [7] takes the concept to a whole ‘nother level – with biodegradable seed balloons!


studioTX Netherlands, studioTX Temporary Gardens, Temporary Gardens Aachen Germany, biodegradable balloons, biodegradable seed balloons, green graffiti, flower bomb balloons, urban gardening, guerrilla gardening, eco-art Germany, flowerbomb2.jpg

They look like your average garden gnomes. But rather than stand on your front lawn year after year, collecting dust and ire from you neighbors, these fellas deflate after a day, landing on a piece of sod attached to the bottom of each balloon, and blossoming into flowers. The sod also has flax handles for carrying.

The piece originally appeared at Temporary Garden [8], a roving event that takes over a new abandoned space every year in the first weekend of July. Aachen, Germany hosted the premier of the balloon bombs this year. Each balloon is made of PLA plastic and painted with 100% water-based chalk. The balloons take 4-6 months to decompose and leave a burst of color in their wake. Finally, a lawn ornament suitable for all those barren, abandoned lots.

+ studioTX [9]
+ Temporären Gärten [10]

Photos: Yann Monel [11]


Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/green-graffiti-flower-bomb-balloons/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/12/green-graffiti-flower-bomb-balloons/

[2] seed bomb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_Bomb

[3] Green Guerillas : http://www.greenguerillas.org/

[4] Kathryn Miller: http://greenmuseum.org/artist_index.php?artist_id=3

[5] 1992 work: http://greenmuseum.org/content/work_index/img_id-11__prev_size-0__artist_id-3__work_id-4.html

[6] handguns: http://www.threemiles.com/plantthepiece/

[7] Studio TX: http://www.studiotx.nl/home.html

[8] Temporary Garden: http://www.temporaeregaerten.de/00_resume_en.htm

[9] + studioTX: http://www.studiotx.nl/

[10] + Temporären Gärten: http://www.temporaeregaerten.de/

[11] Photos: Yann Monel: http://www.jardins-humus.com

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.