“Melle Street in the Year 2022”
Drawing by Neil le Roux
Watercolour by Helene van Aswegen
THE BRAMBLE FOUNTAIN FOOD FOREST
Planted in 2013 on the Melle Street bank, Neil Le Roux’s Eco Biological Generative Artwork is ready to share a unique arts story.
Generative Art is a contemporary development of conceptual art which is characterized by self-organization and autonomy. It is a practice where the artist cedes partial or complete control to some kind of process or concept, which takes on a life of its own.
The grass embankment is an empty canvass on which to paint a picture. The 42 ecological concepts – plants – are the paint.
They form what is known as a food forest or edible landscape containing fruit trees, berries, vegetables and herbs amongst other things.
Generative art isn’t typically about having a specific end product in mind and coming up with ideas to reach that end product.
It is rather about coming up with ideas and seeing what end product emerges out of it.
This exhibition in the Pop-Up Gallery in the garage on the field gives insight into this unique artwork.
What is hydroponics?
Translated directly, hydroponics means plants working (growing) in water.
The word ‘hydroponics’ is derived from two Greek words: ‘hydro’ – meaning water, and ‘ponos’ – meaning labour.
A modern definition of hydroponics: A system where plants are grown in growth media other than natural soil. All the nutrients are dissolved in the irrigation water and are supplied at a regular basis to plants.
Advantages of hydroponic vegetable production
- Hydroponically produced vegetables can be of high quality and need little washing.
- Soil preparation and weeding is reduced or eliminated.
- It is possible to produce very high yields of vegetables on a small area because an environment optimal for plant growth is created. All the nutrients and water that the plants need, are available at all times.
- One does not need good soil to grow vegetables.
- Water is used efficiently.
- Pollution of soil with unused nutrients is greatly reduced
The NSA is home to a hydroponics tunnel and a successful female farmer, Belinda Mutero, whose harvests are lush and prosperous. She is also an artist, singer and actress. She toured in Umojo for twelve years.