Food for Thought

February 19, 2008 at 1:16 am Leave a comment

Urban agriculture, to most people, is a huge contradiction: it’s like having Native American weavings in a room dominated by satin or silk.  The two words—urban, agriculture—don’t go together.  They’re an oxymoron, a contradiction ripe for artistic exploration.  I should not have been surprised then that urban ag was the concept behind a winning architecture design project awarded to a husband-and-wife team.  As reported by Robin Pogrebin in a New York Times article, the design will transform the courtyard of P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, an art museum in Long Island City, Queens, this summer. 

The courtyard will feature cardboard tubes filled with different crops like lettuce and cabbage, a representation of a post-modern farm.  Robin Pogrebin writes that the architects “kept in mind the movement from industrialization to postindustrialization, from global to local, from free market to the farmer’s market, …”

Now that’s real food for thought…

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