photo: NAKAMICHI Atsushi / Nacása & Partners

Green Bridge

ArtistPatrick BLANC
Material/ Techniqueplant, PVC, felt, steel
Size/ DurationH468×W1258×D14cm
Copyright Notice© Patrick BLANC
Year of acquisition/ donation2004
DescriptionBorn in Paris, France in 1953. Lives and works there.

Obtained a Docteur d’état ès Sciences in 1989. A botanist as well as an artist, Patrick Blanc noticed while carrying out research on the ability of plants to adapt to their environment that they are able to grow even under extremely limited conditions, which led him to embark on a series of works known as ‘vertical gardens’ in which he covers exterior walls and other surfaces of buildings with special felt into which he then plants vegetation. Examples of his work can be found at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.

This work was installed in one of the light courts at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. A variety of plants grow on a giant wall that runs from east to west and is positioned in such a way that it divides off a quarter of the area of the square courtyard. The wall is pierced by a glass corridor. Some 100 plant varieties suited to Kanazawa’s climate were selected and planted on this wall, which is just 14 centimeters thick, in a way that effectively displays their distinctive shapes and colors. Japanese beautyberry, dotted bellflower, and other plants preferring sun were chosen for the north side, which faces the main courtyard area, while hydrangea, Japanese iris, and other plants collected from the mountains of Kanazawa were planted on the south side, which receives less light. Blanc’s theory that plants can adapt to new environments if they simply have what they need to survive has found expression in a work of art that reflects the changing seasons.