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Greenwall Project of the Week for September 23, 2013: Back to Eden

on September 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm under Project of the Week: 9/23/13

Back to Eden
Grand Rapids, MI, USA

1,430 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized annual international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote. For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters.

“Back to Eden” is a living entry that ties the bonds between art, architecture and nature. Designed by Dave MacKenzie, the “Back to Eden” project is a living painting, with plants as the paint and the LiveWall growing system as the canvas. The various colors and textures are tied together with a tendril of purple vining through the 11′ x 130′ canvas. It is intended to be a colorful, beautiful, thought provoking tribute to living-architecture visionaries like William McDonough, John Todd, and Malcolm Wells.

How to Vote for “Back to Eden”: VOTING code is: 54712. Only people who register via phone app within the ArtPrize area or register at one of the hubs in downtown Grand Rapids can vote (so you actually have to be there to help determine the winner). Find out more here.

Year: 2013
Owner: The B.O.B. (Big Old Building)
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Other
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,430 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Designer: David S. MacKenzie, LiveWall
Greenwall Manufacturer: LiveWall, LLC.

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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