The Open Garden

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Date:  May 27 – September 15, 2014
Time:   12 – 5PM
Place:   OSS#01 Garden at Duarte Square (map) 
Duration: 2 Hours

Cost: Free

Participants: General public. All ages 5-99. No previous gardening knowledge is required. Children younger than 8yo must be accompanied by an adult. Between 8-18yo they must come with one or two adults from their organization/institution.


The Open Garden workshops were OSS#01’ flagship program to engage directly with the community. This program established partnerships with local organizations and institutions, to use the garden as a living classroom, laboratory and case study. In each specific case we designed and scheduled a workshop tailored to the interests, ages, background and needs of each partner.

The “Open Garden” workshops were hosted by artist Juanli Carrión, Ana Orozco and a gardener from the Horticultural Society of New York, who provided gardening classes.

OSS#01 was a community garden built with plants from all over the world. The survival of these plants in the garden through the seven months of duration of the installation relied on the community. Each plant in the garden needed very specific care coming from such diverse places of origin, like the people who selected them. There were ferns growing next to cactus, or bamboo growing next to letucce—a great botanical and horticultural challenge that worked as a metaphor of the reality of the people who selected the plants.

Many of our partners (public schools, high schools, colleges course, other community gardens, neighborhood associations, etc) brought different groups of students, artists and members of their communities or programs to take part in the workshops.

In each session a group of 5-10 people met at the garden to participate in the workshop with the following structure:

  • An introduction to the garden/installation carried by the artist to put them in perspective with the project as a whole. (30 min).
  • A gardening workshop with the assistance of the gardener in which the group will “get down in the dirt” and tend to the plants that require care. Learning about origin of plants, specific facts about their care and interaction with the weather, soil, water and other plants. (1 hour)
  • A round table where we will discuss the day’s experience and how it reflects on immigration, social interaction and cultural values, including a short questionnaire/survey. (30 min)
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Guided Visits

Date: May 28 – September 15, 2014
Time:  10AM
Place:  OSS#01 Garden at Duarte Square (map)

Note: The guide visit service is finished. However if you are interested in coming to the installation please get in touch with us at and we will try to accommodate a visit for you.

A service of guided visits for the public led by the artist and representatives from other project partners is available by signing up on one of the following dates. Please choose the date and fill out the form to register.

  • Guided visits will be carried out if at least one person signs up.
  • The maximum capacity for each visit is 10 people.
  • First come first serve.

Plant Adoption Event

Date:  Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time:  12 – 5PM
Place:  OSS#01 Garden at Duarte Square (map) 

On Saturday, November 15 the #01 of the public art installations series “Outer Seed Shadow” (OSS)  closed to the public after seven months of exhibition. For the occasion all the surviving plants representing the interviewed immigrants were donated for adoption. Over 20 people stoped by and adopted 23 of the 28 surviving plants. The remaning plants were adopted by The Green Thumb.


Panel Discussion


A conversation with Sara Reisman on the occasion of Juanli Carrión’s solo show at Y gallery under the name of “Syntaxa” for which Carrión created 35 drawings to question the text of the USA Immigration and Nationality Act by coloring individually its 148,123 characters while drawing botanical illustrations of the thirty-five plants selected by the immigrants interviewed for OSS#01.

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