On Monday 12th October Abraham Cruzvillegas’s Empty Lot art exhibition was unveiled at the Tate Modern, London. Empty Lot is a sculpture made up of two large stepped triangular platforms, created with scaffolding, which supports a grid of triangular wooden planters. These are filled with a mixture of compost and soil collected from parks, heaths, commons, green spaces and gardens across London.
Two of the sites chosen to be a part of the exhibition were the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. Soil was taken from both sites and transported to planters that will be observed for the next six months to see if anything grows. The planters are lit and regularly watered, however nothing extra has been planted in the soil. Therefore flowers, mushrooms or weeds may or may not grow. For Cruzvillegas, the project is about feelings of hope and expectation, as much as it is about whatever or may not happen over the six months of the installation.
Catherine Norris, Conservation Manager for The Landscape Group along with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Contract Manager Kevin Stott attended the evening events. Catherine comments:
“It was an opportunity for horticulture and art to merge and we are all excited to see what grows across the next six months. It was a great evening and I hope others enjoyed the exhibition as much as we did.”
Soil was also donated from Buckingham Palace Garden, London Wetland Centre – Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, RHS Garden Wisley, Stephens House and Victoria Park.
Pictures: ©Tate Photography