The revolution will be composted: moss and potholes
Ruth Jamieson introduces three organic street artists are reshaping the urban outdoors with their work
Steve Wheen, AKA The Pothole Gardener, is a radical gardener on a miniature scale. His micro-gardens were borne out of frustration with both potholes in the road during his cycle to work and the lack of green space in his area. He's now on a mission to make people "think about where they live and their environment and think about getting out there, doing some gardening and helping the community".
Steve creates tiny gardens between loose paving slabs, in cracks in the road and even the gaps left in walls by missing bricks. He says, "My gardens are a way of turning something pretty crappy, like a pothole, into something a little bit happier and getting people to question the environment they live in and how they can change it."
Like many street artists, London-based Anna Garforth's work requires a lot of sneaking onto urban wastelands to daub her message on sought-after virgin walls. The only difference is, instead of spray paint, she uses moss. Using a secret method which she refuses to divulge, she creates beautifully precise, perfectly elegant moss typography.
Organic street artists like these plant ideas in the minds of passersby where they grow like weeds. Some of them will eventually grow into real gardens. If you're feeling inspired by these projects, try this recipe for moss graffiti adapted from an old favourite of gardeners by Helen Nodding
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