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ExhibitionThe Dutch Garden (De Hollandse tuin), Leiden
ProjectArtwork in allotment garden
LocationAllotment garden complex, ‘Het Zonneveld’
ClientCenter for Visual Arts (CBK), Leiden
CuratorNicole Roepers

Order reigns in the ‘Zonneveld’ allotment garden: gardens flanked by sleek hedges, plants standing in rows. Sometimes you see a garden with wild flowers, but that was an exception in 1994. In addition to plants, there are small buildings, such as homemade sheds, greenhouses and other -sometimes wonderful- constructions.
Hetty and Gerard made a part of their garden available for the art project. They don’t have a greenhouse, but this season they do.
The design is inspired by the diversity of buildings. A small wooden greenhouse has been placed upside down with its roof in the earth. There is a table in the greenhouse with children’s tableware. On top grow almost black violets, Viola cornuta ‘Molly Sanderson’, a striking violet, due to its deep purple colour that looks black. Through the glass roof you can see the bottom: black earth. Some gardeners at the complex perceived this construction as a new greenhouse model. The black violins did very well.

Foto’s: Marc de Haan/John Kroes

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