WOODBURY, MN, FAMILY GARDEN CHOSEN AS SITE OF ARTIST FRITZ HAEG'S FINAL EDIBLE ESTATE
Haeg kicks off his walker artistic residency with planting and garden design
How do we make ourselves at home in the city? What does it mean to grow and harvest our own food and resourcefully and artfully make ourselves at home?
These are some of the questions explored by Fritz Haeg, artist-in-residence at the Walker in association with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s 25th anniversary. He often creates environments that respond to particular places, working in collaboration with local residents and groups. Through a new series of projects, the artist will work with the Twin Cities community on gardens, events, and installations that collectively reimagine our everyday relationships to the land, the home, the city, and each other.
The residency launches this week with Edible Estate #15, the last edition of Haeg’s ongoing initiative to replace the suburban front lawn with highly visible productive gardens. Through an open call for participants held in late January 2013, the Schoenherr household of Woodbury was selected to work with the artist, neighbors, friends, and volunteers to transform their yard into an organic edible garden.
In the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Fritz Haeg will establish Foraging Circle(May–October 2013), a newly planted area of wild plants native to Minnesota. Situated at the center of this garden, one of Haeg’s geodesic dome structures will serve as a headquarters for public workshops, conversations, meals, and events related to local gardening, food production, and urban farming. The project culminates with Domestic Integrities A05 (August 8–November 24, 2013), an exhibition in the Medtronic Gallery of new work that explores local patterns and rituals of domestic interior landscapes. This ongoing series examines ways in which gardens and landscapes are harvested and brought into the home. The centerpiece of the installation is a large crocheted rug nearly 30 feet in diameter, made by participants on-site. The space will host weekly rotations of what the artist refers to as “Domestic Integrities”—activities and items based on or made with materials gathered from their environment, from pickled vegetables and baked bread to herbal arrangements and homemade remedies.