A big thank you to Donna Sharrett for lending her expertise in planning and preparing the garden!
About 601 Tully
Check out our new website! 601Tully.syr.edu
601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.
601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.
In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.
601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.
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Friday, June 17, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
The following lists are composites of Piet Oudolf's 27 favorite Perennials (http://www.finegardening.com/27-perennials-with-long-lasting-appeal.aspx) and the native plant list that Donna sent us. I'll try to get the powerpoint up later today.
Plants on Oudolf's list and on the native list:
Whitewood, New England, and New York Asters
Joe Pye Weed
Plants from the native list that have winter appeal:
Big and Little blue stem grass
Complete list of Piet Oudolf's favorite perennials:
Joe Pye Weed
Miss Willmott's Ghost
Queen of the Prairie
Coneflowers (purple especially)
Feather reed grasses
Purple moor grasses
Tufted hair grasses
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Also where can we get bicyle frame/wheels for our back fence. Our neighbor Steve might know.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Considering the small amount of space we have available, I think that hexagonal structures could be useful to make the most of it.
end of ramp
frontal facing Oswego
purely visual/integrate ram,grasses
air conditioning unit
honeysuckle - smells
closest to eating ramp
Forgotten areas -
to left of front stairs - bicycle locking
Tully street - facing Blodgett -seating, future curated art space
Kenneth - functionla diagram of whole
Reneee - container gardens and rock gardens
Theresa - walls, and Vertical Gardening
Patrick and Lionel and Jeanie -vines
Caitlin - winter gardens - Piet Oudolf
Water Treatments both sculpture and rain garden - Adrienne and Makenzie
2. Community as Philosophy - from the beginning, leave empty spaces for future programming,
3. Multifunctional and Structurally adaptable, Mobility of Structures
4. Educational Programming for young and old
5. Borders, Edges, Boundaries (West border and Oswego street edge - sidewalk to street and sidewalk to property, ramp edge, southern edge - transportation, house to land)
6. Aesthetics - do it yourself aesthetic
7. Limited Edibility
8. Design according to usage (three main zones and the forgotten zones)
9. Public versus Private
10. Garden as entrance and accessibility
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Native sedums are also excellent choices. Sedum ternatum, with its dark green foliage and bright white flowers, will fill a container and droop nicely over its sides in a shaded spot. Sedum glaucophyllum, which has a lighter green foliage and cream-colored flowers, will perform similarly but can take a little more sun. And Sedum telephioides, with its glaucous leaves and pink starry flowers, will reach a foot in height.
If you construct a container that is a minimum of one foot by two foot in size, you can create a small habitat for several different species. One example would be to plant Aster linarifolius (Stiff Aster) in the center of the container. Its foliage resembles Rosemary, and its blue petals and yellow corona will be a welcome sight in early fall. On one corner, you could plant Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell). Its delicate and dark purple flowers bloom in early summer. On the opposite corner, you can use Antennaria virginica (Shale-barren Pussytoes) with its silvery rosettes of fuzzy leaves. Iris verna (Dwarf Iris) can be planted at another corner. Its purple flowers appear in early spring. And finally Meehania cordata (Meehania), with its one-inch pale blue flowers, could be placed at the last corner and allowed to spread over the sides of the container.
Growing native plants in hypertufa containers will become a new and fascinating gardening experience. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of plants that grow in diverse habitats and are not often seen by gardeners. Your choices of what species to grow is limited only by your enthusiasm and the size of your hypertufa container.
Reprinted with permission from the Marietta Register
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Serra is considered a part of Postmodernism, and post-minimalism/process art (process and materials made explicit in final product), objects being about what they are: wood is wood, steel is steel, they are aggressively their material. Their construction is also true to their material. Things like joints, clips, gluing, welding, etc. falsify the impression of the real balance and weight of the materials. Serra’s work forces itself uncomfortably on the viewer. They dictate paths around them, incite fear and danger. The steel walls overpowers anyone in range. I don’t think this aggressive nature of the work would be ideal in a community garden, but, I think we can take cues from his unapologetic approach to creating. The materials we find and utilize will be unapologetically themselves, and, if we tie in this aesthetic with the permaculture, the raised garden beds and placement will be designed with the permaculture ideology in mind. I like that the ramp largely cuts into the garden area, because it already brings to mind some of Serra’s work, in that it is defensively itself; it forces the viewer to deal with its presence, to walk around it, etc.
If Serra’s goal was to force the viewer to deal with his artwork in a public space, and he aggressively pursued and designed that goal, and we can take from him that if our goal is to provide a comfortable sitting area/garden for the community, then we will pursue that as unapologetically as he did his goals, and the materials we use will be true to their own materiality.
The visual tie between Serra’s work and permaculture gardening can also be seen in the raised bed gardens.Many of Serra’s pieces look like some of the spiral or keyhole gardens that have been scaled up and stripped of their foliage and dirt. Even if we don’t fully utilize the benefits of keyhole & spiral gardens, I like the aesthetic of them, and how they relate to Serra’s sculptures. Also, Serra's drawings reminded me of vertical gardens, which I think would be a great way to add privacy to the west side of the lot, between the building and our neighbor.
Permaculture: sustainability, low maintenance, little waste, overall planning to solve problem (bigger picture), allowing the land and plants/life to do what they naturally do (growing patterns, etc.) and having that feed into other parts of the implemented design.
Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies. Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximize effect and minimize work. . Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element become the inputs of another. Within a Permaculture system, work is minimized, "wastes" become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored. Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment.
A link for an image-only powerpoint is here.
A PDF on keyhole gardens is here.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Art might not seem real when viewing pieces and/or
performances in a gallery of museum, via the everyday experience of
the landspace at 601 Tully the arts (and the all the dialectical
possibilities that grow out of them) become exquisitely real to the
people living on Syracuse's Near Westside. The project is an
alchemical work of modern art, ecology and community engagement.
To begin to solve the current state of the garden space, I propose soil testing and the installation of a 3’ x 3’ working bioremediation of the soil in situ, via phytoextraction processes that are appropriate. This “Foundation: Flux”, along with the construction of raised beds and container gardens will create a functional and aesthetically pleasing use of the 30’ x 30’ landscape behind the mahogany ramp attached to the building. The intention is to make a physical investment in the actual terra firma of the Near Westside that will also introduce the invigorating concepts of soil as artistic medium and “plants as sculpture” as displayed in the work of the contemporary conceptual artist Mel Chin. “Sculpture as an evolutionary process” is a lens through which to approach the 601 Tully re-vitalization project and in terms of this, an homage to “Revival Field: Projection and Procedure” is very apropos. “Foundation: Flux” will be a testament to the creative work that is in a long-term state of improvement.
Furthermore, I propose that the site be used to train youths for jobs and internships in the green industry by showing them how to take proper soil samples as well as the harvesting, drying, incineration and analyzing of the plants used in remediation. This view also recalls Joseph Beuys’ statement on the “nature” of his art not being “fixed and finished processes continue..” Both Beuys and Chin are artists who use earth as the medium, as prima materia (universal). There are scores of others who make art out of the earth. In terms of authorship, 601 Tully will have multiples.
“Plants are the new sculpture” Mel Chin, 1989. Situated in the Pig’s Eye Landfill in St. Paul, MN, another one of America’s Superfund sites (styes), “Revival Field” 1990-1993 grew out of Mel Chin’s desire to “carve away” at the earth as a traditional sculptor would use a reductive process to chisel wood or marble. The piece is a 60 square foot section of landfill that is being bioremediated via phytoextraction using several different hyperaccumulating species of plants, including a plant sacred to the Iroquois of the Northeast--sweet corn. Chin, seems to have been fascinated by jimsonweed originally; however, under the guidance of the botanist Rufus Chaney, discovered other dynamic accumulator species work best to remedate, Alpine pennycress being the best working species for “Revival Field”.
One species that would be useful at the 601 Tully site is comfrey Symphytum officianalus. Widely mistaken as a loathsome “weed”, it almost gets a bad wrap, for not only is it very medicinal and nutrient dense it also works in the garden as a nutrient fixer, biomass builder and a living fertilizer. Its foliage and flowers are aesthetically interesting and child friendly, as a perennial it will be a very sustainable and low maintenance plant. Symphytum officianalus along with other plant varieties such as sunflowers, chickweed, and clovers will provide a quilt of examples for experts to instruct students on how they may safely make use of the soil and different uses of plants growing wild here in the area that they might otherwise not be privy to. I have included a diagram of the “Flux Foundation” design that recalls “Revival Field” yet is also based on a quilt designed by the local fiber artist Caroline Tauxe entitled, “Coming Home--All Our Relations” it is made up of concentric circles divided from the center into quadrants, sort of like a miniature “quad” and representative of the “cycles and inter-related elements that make up our world.” (I haven't scanned that drawing for this post, will add it soon...)
Here is a sustainable system that will not only restore biodiversity and harmony to the area but also restores the health of the soil medium, a return to it’s ideal state for optimal growth. Working with soil/land as the medium, like Beuys, De Maria, Ana Mendieta, Rikrit Tiravanjia, Jean-Luc and Titi Parant-- Chin is also interested in alchemical forms of art, “the meaning is determined by matter.” He is also inspired by the experience of habitats, cross cultural exchange,scientific analysis, botany--multiple disciplines. Interesting to note that Mel Chin is the product of a pluralist environment growing up first generation Chinese in a diverse, urban neighborhood in Houston, Texas with a lot in common to the Near Westside
“Earth is what has been hidden by urbanism, what has been washed away by modern sanitation, what has been forgotten by people oblivious to the support systems they live within; it isnt surprising that it has reemerged as art.” R. Solnit
The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art, Martha Buskrik, 2003
Fragile Ecologies: Contemporary Artists’ Interpretations and Solutions, Barbara C. Matilsky,1992
As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art. Rebecca Solnit, 2001
“Ecological Restoration: Mel Chin, Revival Field.” Don Krug. www.greenmuseum.org
Thursday, June 2, 2011
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EPA: Greenscapes: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/greenscapes/owners.htm
EPA Greenscape activities (addresses soil compaction):http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/P1006AMI.txt?ZyActionD=ZyDocument&Client=EPA&Index=2006%20Thru%202010&Docs=&Query=530F09025&Time=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=1&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=&QField=pubnumber%5E%22530F09025%22&QFieldYear=&QFieldMonth=&QFieldDay=&UseQField=pubnumber&IntQFieldOp=1&ExtQFieldOp=1&XmlQuery=&File=D%3A%5CZYFILES%5CINDEX%20DATA%5C06THRU10%5CTXT%5C00000015%5CP1006AMI.txt&User=ANONYMOUS&Password=anonymous&SortMethod=h%7C-&MaximumDocuments=10&FuzzyDegree=0&ImageQuality=r75g8/r75g8/x150y150g16/i425&Display=p%7Cf&DefSeekPage=x&SearchBack=ZyActionL&Back=ZyActionS&BackDesc=Results%20page&MaximumPages=1&ZyEntry=3#
EPA: Urban runoff: http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/20004PP1.txt?ZyActionD=ZyDocument&Client=EPA&Index=1995%20Thru%201999%7C1976%20Thru%201980%7C2006%20Thru%202010%7C1991%20Thru%201994%7C2000%20Thru%202005%7C1986%20Thru%201990%7C1981%20Thru%201985%7CPrior%20to%201976&Docs=&Query=urban%20gardens%20&Time=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=2&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=&QField=&QFieldYear=&QFieldMonth=&QFieldDay=&UseQField=&IntQFieldOp=0&ExtQFieldOp=0&XmlQuery=&File=D%3A%5CZYFILES%5CINDEX%20DATA%5C00THRU05%5CTXT%5C00000007%5C20004PP1.txt&User=ANONYMOUS&Password=anonymous&SortMethod=-%7Ch&MaximumDocuments=15&FuzzyDegree=0&ImageQuality=r85g16/r85g16/x150y150g16/i500&Display=hpfr&DefSeekPage=x&SearchBack=ZyActionL&Back=ZyActionS&BackDesc=Results%20page&MaximumPages=1&ZyEntry=1
Plants to attract beneficial Insects: http://nativeplants.msu.edu/pdf/E2973.pdf
Youtube Info from Christopher Shein, Permaculture Teacher & Author:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgkst4m_z_g&feature=player_embedded (his food forest)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tw78MfIFlM&feature=player_embedded (his permaculture class)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tw78MfIFlM&feature=player_embedded#at=434 (including: comfrey root fertilizer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKi8uXNbP7k&feature=player_embedded (tour of his yard)
Native Plant Information: www.nativeplantcenter.org