A sculpture? A flowerbed? A vegetable garden? The Blooming Structure combines all these elements, all while being unique, glamorous and very efficient at the same time. Here you can see nasturtiums, lavender and camomile, wild and garden varieties of strawberries, tomatoes, parsley, arugula, spinach, lettuce, mint, camomile and basil… As well as many other kinds of plants. The vertical arrangement of the structure doubles the available vegetation area compared to traditional garden crops.
This living exhibit, which combines architectural elements with a system of hydroponic plant cultivation, will be displayed in the park by the Copernicus Science Centre on the 23rd of June and will remain there until the end of September.
In addition to aesthetic values, this edible sculpture is supposed to draw attention to the issues related to the progressive urban sprawl and disappearance of green areas in cities. It can also serve as an inspiration for local food production in public spaces, and an example of socially engaged design. The creators of the Blooming Structure – Łukasz Szczepanowicz and Agnieszka Kacprzak – carried out research on the integration of architectural and biological elements and on the possibilities of their cooperation in situations where plants do not come into contact with the soil.
Plants can grow on a substrate of soil, gravel, expanded clay aggregate, mineral wool, felt, gravel, and even polystyrene. All they need to live is water, light, air and minerals. By dissolving the necessary minerals in the water, practically all plant species can be successfully cultivated. Large areas are also not necessary – vertical farms are becoming more and more popular in cities. Singapore, for example, houses a mechanised greenhouse comprising 120 “towers”, which produces ten times as many vegetables as traditional crops with similar total area.
Hydroponic crops (without soil) are also researched by NASA. The International Space Station (ISS) has microgravity, which prevents water from being absorbed into the soil. Thanks to hydroponics, astronauts have already grown mizuna and red-leaf lettuce. In the future, hydroponic cultivation could provide food for colonists on their way to Mars.
See and taste:
From 23 June to 30 September 2018
Admission is free!
Meet the creators of the project:
23.06.2018, 11:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Please note: Due to bad weather conditions, the meeting was postponed to the 30th of June.
Conversations with Łukasz Szczepanowicz and Agnieszka Kacprzak from the dryf group on deck chairs at the Blooming Structure.
Take part in hydroponics workshops:
01.09.2018, 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Workshops at Pavilion 512. Registration form – TBA.
Photo reports from the construction of the structure and plant growth can be seen on the Science Centre’s Facebook fanpage and on instagram.
The project is carried out in cooperation with the Copernicus Science Centre as part of a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
When and where?
From 23 June
to 30 September 2018
in the green space of the Copernicus Science Centre