This blog is more a reply to Tessy's blog from earlier today. But because I didn't want to leave out the pictures I post it seperately.
Today a social object emerged justed opposite from where I live. A small open wound in the street - where there used to be a three - was turned into a beautiful garden by my neighbor. Using plants from his own garden, and stone which have been laying around for more then 6 months on the other side of the road, he created a beautiful garden.
And the three things Tessy talk about, using the blog post by Project for public Spaces played out:
- While creating the garden at least 20 people came up to Willem to ask him about the garden, praising him, bringing him more plants, sand, drinks and thanking him he took care of two places which where bothering a lot of people
- It was a very mixed group of people - from students to housewives with veils and my other neighbor with her two year old daughter.
- My daughter and the girl of my neighbor where immediately circling around the garden and another man from across the street volunteered to take care of the garden in the future.
I even had a very long conversation with my neighbor - whose name is Willem by the way - and we learned a great deal about each other which we didn't know before. While reading Tessy post, this story immediately sprung to mind and I just had to share. There are more fascinating things to tell about this conversation, but I will keep those for another time.