Victory Garden Art: A Renaissance


Image copyright: greenlagirl on Flickr. Creative Commons license.


Thanks to Flickr, this is the first time that I’ve seen garden seed packets from Futurefarmers. You may recall that it was this group of artists/architects/thinkers that brought about the San Francisco victory gardens project a few years ago. This summer, the seed packets pictured are included in the California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. 

The intersection of art and garden intrigues me. You may have noticed in the sidebar that I’ve got an ad–the only ad I’ve accepted here at RW&G and one that I requested–promoting the Etsy store of a Portland artist, Joe Wirtheim. Joe’s own eco-inspired series of prints has been displayed in the Portland Mayor’s Office. 

Personally, I think the work of artists like Joe and Futurefarmers are important to the “seeding” of the modern victory garden movement. There’s precedence of course. All those old posters worked well  in the early 1900s and remain appealing today.

As we’ve seen, too, this summer with the new Peterson Garden Project in Chicago’s 40th ward,  contemporary graphics do seem to make people “want” to garden.  Wisely, the PGP folks just persuaded Karl Fresa to create a stunning new poster for them. And with their now-not-so-secret plan to collaborate on a documentary (“Victory!: The Home Grown Documentary”) on Chicago gardens–past and present, I’m excited to see where this emerging mini-renaissance takes us in Chicago… and elsewhere.

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If you’re in Chicago on August 5, Peterson Garden Project is hosting a fundraiser for their film. More details here. Not in Chicago but want to make a donation? Go here.


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