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Helsinki Plant Tram is a Participatory Urban Garden Project by Wayward Plants and Dodo

by , 10/01/12
filed under: Architecture

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Helsinki Plant Tram is a participatory urban gardening project in which a stunning garden—with planters that form a representation of a “magical tram line”—was populated with plants that were donated by members of the public who traveled, en mass, via public transit to bring their contributions to the garden. The project was designed and produced by the London-based landscape practice Wayward Plants, in collaboration with the local environmental organization, Dodo, and it was commissioned by the British Council for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

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Wayward Plants describe that “The Plant Tram Urban Action… take[s] passengers on a journey to celebrate urban growing in Helsinki and to strengthen the network of growing spaces throughout the city. In partnership with Culture Tram and their mobile exhibition and performance platform, the Urban Action utilises the local tram network to create a mobile garden that journeys through the city of Helsinki to pick up passengers bringing donated plants.”

Once passengers arrived at the garden, located at Suvilahti, a disused power plant and gasworks in the north east of the city, they were able to relax in amongst the extraordinary raised beds. The “magical tram” was inspired by both the public transit lines of the city as well as by the “iconic wooden roller coaster found at the Linnanmäki Amusement Park, which opened in Helsinki for the 1952 Olympics.” The timber used for the structure was all recycled from the Wastelands XXXII European Students Assembly. Additionally, shipping containers were converted into an impromptu tram station, providing visitors with “filled with maps detailing the journeys that the plants have traveled.”

The exhibition ran from September 6-16th, 2012, and the space is now being reconfigured to create a lasting legacy as a permanent urban garden at Suvilahti for Dodo.

+ Wayward Plants
+ The British Council
+ World Design Capital Helsinki 2012

All images © Wayward Plants

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