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Seed-Sprouting Flower Grenades Explode in the UK

Posted By Moe Beitiks On June 14, 2010 @ 3:45 pm In Art,Gardening,social design,Urban design | No Comments

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The typical seed bomb [2] explodes in slow motion — the ball of compost, mud, and seeds dissolves as the plants sprout and colonize the bomb site. These flower grenades from suckUK [3] explode very literally. The outer shell of unfired clay shatters upon impact, leaving a fodder of soil and flower seeds! Now guerilla gardening [4] comes with the delicious crunch of destruction.

Flower Grenades, Tony Minh Nguyen, Showhome, seed bombs, sustainable design, green design, urban design, guerilla gardening, suck uk, urban gardening [5]

The grenades are based on an art project by Tony Minh Nguyen [6] and are manufactured with Snowhome [7] for Suck UK [3]. The mini-booms of goodness come in ryegrass, buttercup and poppy. They can’t be shipped overseas (only within the UK), which is just as well, since their cost plus shipping makes them a pretty pricey form of rebellion.

It feels like seed bombs, as a cultural catalyst, have come full circle: from humble ecological tool to high-tech gardentime plaything. Still, with all the seed projectiles: guns, capsules [8], balloons, and chunks of earthly love [9], we can’t help but wonder what explosive impact guerilla gardening will have on the global landscape. Says Nguyen: “Designers are ultimately the ones that determine how products respond to our environment.

+ Flower Grenades [3]

+ Tony Minh Nguyen [6]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/14/seed-sprouting-flower-grenades-explode-in-the-uk/flower-grenades-by-tony-minh-nguyen-and-showhome/

[2] seed bomb: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/24/first-seedbomb-vending-machine-lands-in-san-francisco/

[3] suckUK: http://www.suck.uk.com/product.php?rangeID=145

[4] guerilla gardening: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/02/guerilla-gardening-flowers-beautify-abandoned-flyer-box/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/14/seed-sprouting-flower-grenades-explode-in-the-uk/flower_grenade-by-suck-uk-1/

[6] Tony Minh Nguyen: http://www.minh-t.com/grenade.html

[7] Snowhome: http://www.snow-home.co.uk/

[8] capsules: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/13/seedbomb-plant-capsules-combat-desertification/

[9] chunks of earthly love: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/11/luvmuds-seed-hearts-for-valentines-day/

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