Remember the “Back to Eden” 2013 ArtPrize entry (which finished in the top 25)? That wall, or rather LiveWall®, has been transformed into an immense vertical urban farm, where 1000s of herbs and vegetables are growing for use at the restaurants within The B.O.B. (Big Old Building).
“During ArtPrize, I used about 1,500 plants, mostly annuals, as I wanted lots of color,” stated Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and inventor of the LiveWall system. After a few hard frosts last fall, the annuals were replaced with perennials for winter. Half of those, the ones on the shady side of the building, will remain until ArtPrize this year as MacKenzie is planning another ArtPrize entry. Those others, on the sunny side, have been removed and replaced with herbs and vegetables.