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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 26, 2012

DAY FOUR. GARDEN MAP POPULATES, ROAD SYSTEM UNFURLS

Today the city has been given some new significant features, at least as for what concerns the first draft, the one made by me. Thereafter, Garden Map remains in hands of inhabitants of Cassano.

A new group of flowers has been added, in particular, the city fractions of Cascate and Cascine di San Pietro have been planted. Liberato Aliberti, the author of Meridiana cromatica donated the stones which he did not use for his work. More than simply giving them away, he transported them with a wheelbarrow and, together with indispensable Andrea Mori, they laid out maybe the historically most important landscape feature of Cassano d'Adda, river Adda. Eventually, as soon as the river took its shape, Garden Map became what it was meant to be, a landscape map. The river rooted Garden Map into the territory it represents, and upon which it is situated.

Other artists continued to contribute to the works. When we outlined Isola Borromeo with Adda, I invited all Ecoismi 2012 artists to map their presence in Cassano by planting a Begonia in the position where their art pieces stand. In the evening, we had a theoretical and practical assistance when town councillor for Public Works and Environmental Protection, Andrea Gaiardelli, by profession an engineer, helped pave the first roads.

The first roadways to be "asphalted" were the main routes of Cassano, corresponding to ancient Roman primary urban axis, north-south cardus, in this case, Corso Europa, and west-east decumanus, here Via Milano and Via Vittorio Veneto. These two streets do not respect the scale of the map. They arebroadened in the design, so that visitors can easily stroll along them. Others, lateral streets, will be paved in wood bark. That remains to be done tomorrow morning, though.

Cascine San Pietro on course of being planted, with some maps scattered around.
Karen Macher Nesta, my neighbour in the park with her project Capturing the Essence of Nature, engages in planting.
City fraction Groppello is populated, and now, awaits the roads.
Luana Baglì, Francesca Cadei and Francesca Mauri, the authors of Luciano il Germano planting their begonia on Isola Borromeo.
Hans de Wolf, of Earthlings plants his work's position on Garden Map.
Paolo Zaffignani, alias Il folletto verde and Andrea Gaiardelli paving Via Vittorio Veneto.
Andrea Mori with his begonia.
Ehsan Ehsani indicates his Bowerbird installation on the map.

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