'Before", Plano Verde (July, 2011)                                                                 'After", Plano Verde (Detail, June 2016)
Plano Verde is an ongoing landscape project where a varied number of ideas utilizing
volunteer plants* are executed, both on an aesthetic level and in consideration of local flora and fauna.
The artist sought to rehabilitate this area, formally hard-packed pasture, in which opportunistic invasive
species had colonized, such as African Star Grass (pictured in Before video).
The ensuing years of hard labour, primarily conducted by the artist, focused on removing stones,
discarded plastic, metal, listre, hand pulling invasive species, and gradually loosening the ground (with the
help of selected indigenous) plants, and adding soil constructed from compost, leaves, fallen branches.
The amending and aesthetic transformation of the area continues.
An important part of the aestheticization
includes the presence of ever-increasing diversity of life: both flora and fauna. Above is one example, showing
the 'Before' clip, (this particular footage, marking only the second time the artist set foot on this
land, an old cow pasture in 2011; and the second, an 'after' clip, a recent documentation of the same location
utterly transformed showing butterfly activity on a flowering Cissus erosa.
Fiona considers this work the second collaboration with creatures (who were key in the placement and germination of the
Cissus erosaand the young trees that support it. This project spurned and honed her interest in continuing to nuture
diverse plantings, insect, bird and other wildlife populations.
*volunteer plants* These are plants that have simply germinated in a particular spot. The term 'volunteers' is gardening slang,
(a conceit) that suggests a plant naturally emerged from the soil without human intervention or planning(!), that thrives
in its particular position and environmental conditions. All wild growth be considered volunteer, though this anthropocentrist designation
simplifies the very complex influence of bird, insect and wildlife in the distribution and germination success of seeds and clones.
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