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Artwork: Community Garden (Andrea Deszö)

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Location: Bedford Park Boulevard · Installed: 2006

"The idea of a Community Garden came to me during one of my walks around the Bedford Park Boulevard station in the Bronx. I did not see such gardens in that neighborhood, and started playing with the idea of creating an imaginary one to decorate the walls of this stop on the 4 line. People leaving the neighborhood or coming back to it will see colors and shapes that are different from the ones predominantly found on their streets. Children will find critters and bugs hidden at their eye level among the leaves which they may never otherwise see in the city: a grasshopper, a ladybug, blue and green beetles.

Lehman College has a beautiful campus with grass, trees and squirrels, but most of the neighborhood residents don.t see much nature on their streets. The red-brown-tan of the many-storied buildings and the gray of the pavement are the dominant colors on the streets. The extremely wide avenues, the bridges, train tracks, overpasses, garages, tire shops, a Laundromat with a beautiful broken neon sign from the thirties, an old bakery, a couple of modern high-rises in the distance, a few small convenience stores and the occasional small family house give the neighborhood its urban industrial visual flavor.

What if there were more colors, more playful shapes? What if there were more plants? The community gardens I know are lush, rich, unique little islands in the middle of the urban bustle where the planting and decorating reflect the vision of several people. What usually results is a unique composition of plants, colors, and shapes. Neighborhood residents cherish these gardens as places of creativity, nature and beauty.

I approached my subject in a playful way, by combining real creatures with imaginary ones and by working with scale: having monumental size plants and bugs next to a cat of more or less regular size. I hope that my garden will delight commuters and inspire them with its playfulness and intense colors."-- Andrea Deszö. Source: cuny.edu.


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