Like in #01, for OSS#02 Brooklyn, coexistence, cultural identity and immigration are likewise the parameters that shape the garden installed in late May 2016 in the North East corner of Fort Greene Park. For this edition, residents of the Brooklyn are being interviewed.
Community engagement is built into OSS#02 from its conception, with the garden’s physical design dependent on the results of videotaped at-home interviews with local residents asked to recount their individual stories about cultural adaptation, coexistence, and history. At the end of each interview every participant is asked to name a plant of their choice, which will be planted in a garden shaped like Brooklyn blueprint.
Conceived as a living sculpture, the garden is open for five months, serving as a centerpiece to articulate public programming that further discusses coexistence, immigration, and cultural identity. The programming’s main component is the “Open Garden,” a weekly workshop, during two months, made in partnership with residents, local groups and institutions (schools, universities, immigrant associations, etc.) where attendees learn about the project and also perform the necessary care to ensure the plants’ survival. Other activities include lectures and panels with guest scholars that might address the diversity of the immigrant experience, the historical importance of the community garden, urban farming, or the nature and significance of social practice in public art.
OSS#02 is made in conjunction with NYC Parks Department and is the second of five gardens to be installed in each borough of New York City to create awareness of the reality of coexistence and cultural identity present in the city by materializing it in the garden, making easier to visualize the places we live in. Using art and its powerful educational capacities OSS#02 will create a green space to discuss these matters by using storytelling, gardening and community building as its main materials.
OSS#02 is a project make in conjunction with.
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
OSS#02 is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). The Fort Greene Park Conservancy and Myrtle Ave Brooklyn Partnership.
With the collaboration of Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Big Reuse.