SITE SPECIFIC | Here+Now
Promenade at top of Pipe Street
Saturday 3 Sept, 12-3pm
A popup on the Portobello Promenade, by Pipe St, to attract attention towards all those un-loved and underused pockets of green present in the local surroundings and promote the use of wildflowers as a form of creative hack. Come along and press your own flowering brick to leave around Porty.
Simple to create, and with no maintenance required, they create small pockets of colour in the urban environment. They are made of biodegradable and common easy-to-source materials such as newspaper shreds, soil and seeds and a small briquette press.
All participants will be able to press their own wildflower blocks and take them with them at the end of the day. These ‘blooming bricks’ will be planted in hidden and overlooked nooks of Portobello, which could vary from abandoned strips of green on the side of the road, to little small gaps on walls, to un-loved walkways that would use a little extra colour and visual interest in Spring and Summer.
Here+Now have created this work as a direct reference to Portobello’s historical kilns, the last two surviving pottery kilns in Scotland. The contemporary ‘blooming bricks’ will similarly contribute to Portobello. They would be integrated into the nooks and overlooked spaces of Portobello’s built environment to create colourful corners of green and/or wildflowers.