- Looking for food is the most ancient form of walking.
Attempts at taking root here; attempts at taking root there.
Is nature pushed aside in the city for being too theatrical and too much fun? Can we (city dwellers) invite it back by entering a performative alliance with nature ?
Together with students form the Landscape Architecture Department of Peking University, locations on route where food is grown will be identified and observed along the Beijing route. In Cologne, where affluence moved local gardening some decades ago to specially allocated areas mostly at the fringe of the city, there has been a revival of urban agriculture and the project begins here by placing small mud balls containing enough seed to make one bean soup along the Cologne route.
Further food related activities will develop with artists Michael Eddy, Emi Uemuraemi and others.
And in Cologne:
One seed ball placed 1st May a the location described in an earlier entry. Hovering above a busy road and being hovered over by railway lines, this seed ball was placed next to the tuft of grass to the left. It faces major obstacles trying to root itself in this barren landscape.
The eight and ninth ball have in my estimation the most promising future
the landscape of Koernerstrasse, the only location on the Cologne route where edible food is being grown in a public space:
Strawberry plants next to Ehrenfeld Bunker: