Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden
Patrick Blanc was an internationally celebrated tropical botanist long before his plant walls came on the scene. Faced with an increasingly ugly, green free, cement jungle, Blanc’s research led him to discover that plants could survive and even thrive in the absence of soil.
His development of vertical gardens and the technology that enables their creation has revolutionised traditional gardening. His vertical plant beds find their sustenance in the felt covering of the wall’s construction, and through the careful arrangement of a selection of coloured plants on the wall palette, the French artist can create a rich variety of images.
â€œThere are so many places that need (a vertical garden),â€ Blanc argues. â€œParking lots, train stations, the metro â€” all those difficult spots, those places where you really donâ€™t expect to encounter the living â€” that is what interests me above all else.â€
Major projects include vegetated walls at the MusÃ©e du Quai BranlyÂ (below)Â along theÂ Seine and Pershing Hall Hotel, both in Paris, and the French embassy in New Dehli. Among other proposed projects are the large wall of a housing project, which a vertical garden would recast as a green focal point with space for residents to add their own personal touches.
There’s a Patrick Blanc exhibition/display at Espace EDF Electra in Paris until March 4th.