Video: Road Gardens Pete Dungey
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
As N. V. said Gogol, Russia has two problems, fools and roads. Everyone complains that all our roads are old and not repaired, but in America, apparently, the opposite is true. We learn about this from the design work of Pete Dungey.
Several years ago, a councilor for the city of Davis, California, protested the replacement of the pavement of some historically important lanes in her county, arguing that the new asphalt would destroy the old atmosphere. Her statement made a huge splash in the American media. As a result, she was called a crazy politician because she defends not the rights of people, but the holes in the roads. Be that as it may, Pete Dungey, a student at the University of Brighton, artist and graphic designer, fully supports the position of this politician. He found a "colorful" solution to the international problem of road holes - to grow tiny gardens in them. “If I plant plants in every hole, the roads will be like forests,” Pete said.
The road maintenance organization claims that painted intersections and colored signs slow down traffic, which makes roads not only prettier, but also safer. I wonder if this is why Pete Dungey decided to fill in the potholes with his pansy and primroses ikebans for this? Or maybe this is for the aesthetic development of drivers who already know perfectly well not only the rules of the road, but also the driving technique itself.
Dungey decided to fill the road holes with dirt and flowers, undoubtedly improving the appearance of gray, muddy roads. “I started my work with a project called Changing the Habitual. I wanted to create something that could not only attract attention on the road, but also enhance the aesthetic development of drivers. So this idea was born. I planted these mini-gardens for about two weeks and only now I see that this is a successful project."
While this is a designer's quirk, we have to take into account the other side of the coin - how to care for travel flowers. After all, even in order to repair roads, there are not always enough working hands, but what can we say about collecting water for irrigating small gardens? But Pete Dungey believes that this problem can also be solved. The chief designer has achieved: driving along the road and seeing flowers in the middle of the roadway, drivers always smile. Pete Dungey's works always remind tired drivers that outside the car there is a life filled with light and joy.
For now, Pete has been working alone, but hopes people will follow suit.
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