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Farmacy: Edible Vertical Farms Come to Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park

by , 05/19/12
filed under: Art NYC,News,Queens



green design, eco design, sustainable design, Socrates Sculpture Park, Natalie Jeremijenko, Long Island city, urban Farming, AgBags, xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at NYU, Mary Miss, Rikrit Tiravanija, George Trakas

Rising on a metal grid framework, Jeremijenko’s vertical farm shows New Yorkers just how easy urban farming can be. Hanging on each of the metal runs is one of the artist’s AgBags, which look a lot like giant pillows with first-aid crosses on them.

The draped bags are actually pocketed fabric plant holders, which hang over the rungs with their own weight. Inside each of the pockets is soil and plants, which poke through openings in the center of the decorative red crosses. For the Socrates installation, Jeremijenko is growing both flowers and berries, but herbs and certain vegetables could also be planted.

The artist, who runs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at NYU, hung the decorative AgBags on a box-like framework, but they could easily be showcased outside windows and on fire escapes, bringing fresh fruit, produce and herbs to any urban environment.

Farmacy appears as part of the exhibition “Civic Action, a Vision for Long Island City,” with other works by Mary Miss, Rikrit Tiravanija and George Trakas. The show reimagines the now-developed Long Island City area, creating installations which address the environmental and ecological concerns of the surrounding neighborhood.

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