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PARTICIPATIVE GARDEN PROJECT BY MIRKO NIKOLIĆ AT ECOISMI 2012
WITH ASSISTANCE OF IL FOLLETTO VERDE AND WITH HELP OF 17 GARDENER/MAPPERS

June 19, 2012

ECOISMI 2012, THE ART OF TOUCHING THE NATURE BY SPRINKLING THE GARDEN MAP

by Ylbert Durishti

Sprinkling the Garden Map is a truly nice ritual to break off from everyday routine, the one made of the city's buildings and hot asphalt in summertime, to get out and touch the green, the nature, and especially to take care of the plants. Generally speaking, a person is a nature lover if he tries to get in contact with it. It's certainly so, but even more, if you pay a visit and take care of the Garden Map in the Isola Borromeo park at Cassano d'Adda. That's because, besides being a nature lover you feel like an art lover.

This is not really like going to a "Museum X" and admiring a piece of art. Here, as a visitor, you can actively contribute to make an art work bloom, to transform it, make it grow, be a participant in it, or to feel like a "co-author" without necessarily ending up on the front page.

As a part of Ecoismi 2012 show, I see Nikolić's artwork as one of twelve "desire lighters" to touch the nature in an artistic way. The artist has started a piece which then involved the participation of all the other artists in the show, it involved the professional assistance of an expert in field as is gardener Paolo, likeably so-called Il folletto verde (The Green Elf), and, moreover, in it took part even some municipal employees, particularly the city councillor for environmental protection, Andrea Gaiardelli. Eventually, even myself, as the curator of the event, participated in it, after having followed its development, whilst dedicating equal attention to all the other pieces in the show.

Since the show's opening, I have attempted to water the plants twice, but the rain took care of it both times. Nevertheless, the other day I finally managed to effectively engage in the sprinkling "plant by plant" or, better said, "house by house", so pleasant a feeling that I believe it will remain impressed in me for some time now.

Thank you, Mirko, for your piece and thanks to Isabella with whom I've shared this feeling.

Text and photos:
Ylbert Durishti


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