Friday, June 18, 2010

The Magic of Pothole Gardens

Have you ever seen such ingenuity? Pete Dungey created a spectacular little wolrd by planting little " guerrellia" gardens in Britain's neglected potholes.

One such passerby remarked, "f we planted one of those in every hole, it would be like a forest in the road".

It makes me think, if we attack a problem with a negative attitude, how much change can we really bring, how much credibility do we bring to ourselves?

I would rather bring attention and change to a problem, through a spectacular and simple way. One that warms hearts and forces people to look. Also, it makes one wonder if those speeding through those roads will drive more safely, and slow down to observe the little colorful wonders in the road.

Another artist, Steve Wheen, showcases his pothole gardens in London, on his blog, The Pothole Garden. His interview is simple and insightful. It's wonderful when little cultural ideas take off like that.

More interesting gardens can be seen here.


Kristina P. said...

Oh, I didn't realize what they were at first! So cool!

elle thornton said...

I saw these on TV somewhere the other day and was thrilled with the idea - what a magic way to cheer up annoying potholes. People will be able to avoid them easily if there's a pansy sticking out the top :o) Elle xox

Screwed Up Texan said...

Oh I think that is so neat...makes me want to do that here. In fact, I know of one street that would be a little forest indeed if these pothole gardens were planted on it.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I have seen this before and I loved it! haha So creative &fun :)
Cute blog by the way!

Mermaid Queen said...

What a great idea, they look beautiful now! Take care, Martha

Susan said...

This post makes me want to go out and find a pothole to beautify! :)
I just may do that! :)

rokdarbi4u said...

I love this creative idea!

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