To talk about these large crops that can have a place in large cities, we will refer to the more than artistic work of Agnes Denes who counts among her assets, the emblematic and applauded great cereal crop in the heart of the city of Milan and in the framework of Expo 2105, interpreted as a quite interesting way of bring rural activity closer to city activity for the enjoyment of residents, tourists and Expo attendees.
At first it was called Milan project and had the collaboration of renowned local entities such as the Ricardo Catella and Nicola Thussarde Foundations and Confagriculture. This work was carried out between the months of March and October 2015 and during this period the inhabitants and participants were able to appreciate and develop all the activities that a crop like this needs and in the middle of a city.
Growing within a city is possible
This great crop was developed in the center of “Micoltivo: The Green Circle” which is about an urban revitalization project and which in turn was part of a schedule of activities that promoted civic and cultural initiatives that were consecrated to the “Porta Nuova Smart Community”.
This great crop also called installation “Wheatfield” has its precedent in 1982 and was held in New York City, by then the aim was to rescue certain values that had been put aside as a result of globalization, such as protection of the earth, promoting the growth of the economy without implying a deterioration in the quality of life in the communities, sharing energy and food.
In 2015, Wheatfield tried represent the one who welcomed the inhabitants of the city and the various million people who attended the Expoextending a suggestive invitation to them to reflect on the hunger that the world suffers among other important things.
While the plantation was in the city, the activities that were developed in its facilities and that favored interaction with the population and its visitors who had the opportunity to sow and harvest.
Part of the reason for this important work is to remain for a long time in the memory of those who enjoyed it and that, through the memories of what was livedfrom what was enjoyed and what was reflected on, they retransmit the teaching of how nature is capable of confronting and imposing itself with its greatness on a city with everything and its skyscrapers.
The Artist Agnes, the architect of this great work, reveals her feminist side highlighting the generating capacity of mother earth.
The Wheatfield project
As Agnes explains, for her today being an artist goes far beyond simply “making art”be aware that being a species that understands that with its actions it can modify its future and everything that surrounds us, implies having a lot of responsibility for said actions. If we do control our destiny, we must know what impact what we do has on the earth, the indiscriminate use of natural resources, deforestation and, in general, the misuse of these can lead to fatal outcomes that end life on the planet. For this reason, and before undertaking any project that has to do with the exploitation of natural resources, the consequences should be carefully studied.
It is important then that the artist broadcast scenes or panoramas that lead to analysis and reflection; that is, they force us to think.
Finally, in that space where the great project was carried out, it is destined to the construction of a park of 90 thousand square metersIt will have children’s entertainment areas, for entertainment, to observe nature, a phytological route, in short, many thematic routes.
The trees by species and they will be grouped in circles emulating species of bedrooms, all of them interconnected with the pedestrian routes.