FLOW. Vegetal canvas

Bilbao, Spain

Species that are mixed, pigments that form a large canvas in the city.

Flow proposes the creation of a surface formed by multiple vegetal modules—integrated fragments forming a great chromatic mosaic—where diverse varieties of flowers and plants dissolve together in a canvas of multiple ranges, textures, and scents.

Inspired by the cultivation patterns of rural landscapes, Flow proposes the creation of a fragmented landscape inserted into the city square, reinterpreting the diverse urban pieces that form the square’s surroundings into a series of small fragments that interlace and dilute in a great natural canvas of diverse colors of the city.

The project is related to its surroundings and to Zorroza through diverse scales and visual levels. On the one hand, it establishes an urban-scale relationship with the buildings that delimit the square: from the interiors and higher levels of the buildings around the square, it is possible to observe the patterns of the colorful vegetal canvas in full. On the other hand, Flow establishes a more approximately scaled relationship at the ground level, where the natural canvas appears as a big garden within the city, in which people can recognize and observe in detail each one of the species that form the project.

Vegetal Grid: The project is within a grid of an 1184 square feet, made up of 336 modules. Flow uses 155 varieties of flowers and plants of diverse colors and tonalities: from purple to blue, pink to red, passing through orange, yellow, and green, and ending in a darker brown. Some of the species used include flowers like petunias, tagetes, impatiens, begonias, surfinias, celosías, lobelias, argeratums, verbenas, guineanas, stipas, and cinerarias, as well as aromatic herbs such as thyme, oregano, lemongrass, rosemary, and mint.

Project made within ex-studio by Ivan Juarez and Patricia Meneses

collaboration: Claire Lavenir and Salomé Ayuso
greenhouse: Cooperativa Garaia
Event: Bilbaogarden
Organized by: Fundación Bilbao 700, Ayuntamiento de Bilbao
Curator: Artur Bossy