Saturday, June 26, 2010

Maize Field: Integrating the 17th Century into the Present Landscape

If you've walked by the corner of Bergen and Smith St. within the past month or so, you may have noticed the garden growing there as part of a public art installation. The installation was actually created by Columbia Waterfront resident Christina Kelly, and it isn't your average garden.

The project is called Maize Field and includes the garden in Boerum Hill as well as another garden in Canarsie, both of which have been documented as Indian planting grounds in the 17th Century. These gardens follow the tradition that was used back then called "three sisters" gardening, using crop varieties of corn, beans, and squash (the three sisters) that are part of the heritage of the Lenape and Haudenoseaunee from this region.

Christina describes the idea behind the project by saying "The project participates in the continual change that defines the city by highlighting a historical past then integrating that history back into the present landscape."

She will be at the garden on Sunday 6/27 from 1:30 to 4 handing out seed packets and talking to anyone that is interested in hearing more about the project. Sounds like a good stop along the way while at Smith St. fun day.

Folks should also check out the project's website for more pictures and background information, as well as Christina's blog about the project, where she tracks progress at both gardens and talks about the overall experience of doing the project.

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