The Cascading Garden Handbook
Author Edited by Aldo Rinaldi designed by Polimekanos
Publisher Bristol City Council and Arnolfini Gallery Ltd
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Bristol based artists Eudaimon (Robert and Jak Ollett) were commissioned to develop a new public art work for St Anne’s Infants School and Wicklea Academy in Bristol during 2014. In response Eudaimon created ‘The Cascading Garden’, an exterior planting systems integrated into the architecture of the schools exterior spaces. Zigzag in form these hydroponic structures are made up of horizontal and vertical cylinders which are interspersed with a series of circular holes for plant pots in which plants can be grown. Much like a marble-run game, pupils are be able to sow seeds up and down the structure, watching the growth of plants and the resultant changes to the sculptural form.
In developing their work Eudaimon worked closely with both schools to look at ways the project could cross over with the curriculum, especially Forest School, and integrating a series of gardening workshops for pupils. This was further developed through the creation of a publication ‘The Cascading Garden Handbook: A Guide to Growing Plants at St Anne’s Infant School and Wicklea Academy’ which was published as part of the project to instruct pupils and teachers on the use of the planting system and the different types of species of plants that would be best suited, with a focus on herbs and aromatics, and fruit plants. The book also includes a section at the rear for children to make drawings and notes around the project.