Think of it as a trampoline which grows a verdant carpet of plant life. Floating well above the floor a net of fabric springs to life in the form of bright green sprouts. The piece allows viewers to interact with the space, climbing up through manhole like openings in the fabric, poking their heads into its green rolling landscape and climbing onto its springy surface.
The Zagreb based design collective Numen has put up the interactive installation to open up conversation about “nature, its resources and our attitude towards it.” Built in the cities former slaughterhouse as part of the D-Day festival, it illustrates the vegetative cycle, alternating from sprouting to disintegration in just a matter of days. Furthermore, the project illustrates what Numen calls a common perception of earth as defined by two paradoxical paradigms:
“one of earth as immobile mass of infinite weight and other as earth like a plain, two dimensional surface. Growing the field, which is not tied to the ground, but floating on pulsating piece of textile in between closed walls, provokes both of those concepts.”
In caring for the living piece – which takes precise watering in order to remain healthy and produce an even crop – its designers say they have become aware of “both the fragility and power of life.”