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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

May 24, 2012

DAY TWO. THE TERRAIN PREPARED, MODELLING THE URBAN GRID STARTED

The leading character of the morning works continues to be the blue engine-driven cultivator. With much rush, Paolo and I succesfully terminate the digging of the urban area until midday. The project is on a tightest possible schedule, as the cultivator has to be returned by 12.30 PM at Inzago.

In the afternoon, the next task, the drawing of the urban grid, is started. Even though we have ploughed the land in depth of 30-40 cm, it was not that easy to model urban blocks thanks to the hardness of terrain and the presence of great numbers of stones.

Moreover, from around 4 PM clouds commenced to gather and to approach from north-east, in a similar fashion as the day before. This time, it was clear that they would not pass over the island without dripping some of their content. That would be a complete disaster, considering that the modelling of the grid would have been entirely destroyed. Paolo made a rapid voyage to the nearest bricolage centre and he was back with plastic canvases when the rain was starting. With help from Andrea Mori and Eshan Eshani we covered swiftly all the parcels just in time.

We kick the works with cultivator, our best friend at the moment.
The parcel for the urban fraction of Cascine San Pietro ploughed.
Driving the cultivator is not as easy as it may seem.
The layout, or the digging out, of the foundations, completed at 12PM precisely.
Preparing the cultivator for the return trip.
The view of the island from the baclony of the Castle. The white triangle is the Andrea Mori's tent, a part of his Untitled work.
Working the land. I am drawing the grid, and Paolo virtuously rakes the earth.
The vague idea of the urban grid can be glimpsed. At the moment, the entire area seems more of an archaeological excavation.
The appearance of clouds accelerates our working tempo, and brings about a subtle sense of panic.
The joint effort of Paolo, Andrea, Eshan and me saves the today's works from the rain at the last minute.
Garden Map area now looks like a vegetable greenhouse. The covering imbues the whole area with a veil of mystery.

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