This storage area in Tamamura, Gunma-ken, Japan is a graveyard for vending machines. It remind me of a less benign version of Sean Tan’s universe. What other consumption graveyards lurk out there?
The fortress-like Kowloon Walled City of Hong Kong owes its origin to the fact that the land (originally a military fort) was not part of the British agreement with the Chinese at the founding of Hong Kong.
It developed into a ‘no-man’s-land’ following WWII and a tightly compacted city resulted with buildings up to 10 stories high. Streets were 1-2 metres wide with fluorescent lighting to compensate for the lack of sunlight in the lower levels (http://io9.com/#!5512888/the-walled-city-where-sunlight-couldnt-reach). It is thought that 33,000 people resided within the Walled City in 1987 with a population density of approximately 1,255,000/km2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City).
The Kowloon Walled City was demolished in the early 1990s and a park was built on the site — including a scale model of the Walled City.
Rooted in the Earth commemorated people nominated as deserving a public tribute in the form of living flowers in London parks in 2009. It was a Bank of America 2009 CREATE Art Award commission by artist Joshua Sofaer and was part of CREATE, an annual arts festival across East and South East London.
The five ‘carpet bed’ displays covered over 140 square meters in London parks and included more than 55,000 individual plants.
Tower Hamlets, Museum Gardens E2 9PA
nominated by Julia Gregory
Waltham Forest, Ridgway Park E4 6XQ
nominated by Stella Creasy
You can find pictures of the other four tributes statements about the people nominated at http://www.rootedintheearth.co.uk