Monday, July 8, 2013

Berlin's Tropical Rainforest: Mur Végétal (Vertikaler Garten) (Vertical Garden)

Mur Végétal
Height 18m [59"]; Width 15m [49"];
 area 270 sq.m [2903 sq. ft.];
water 16,200 liters [4227 gallons]
Berlin has it all, including a tropical rain forest right in the middle of the city. Dussmann, Berlin's largest bookstore, not only has an excellent selection of books, CD's, and DVD's, but it also houses Le Mur Végétal (Vertical Garden), a collection of tropical plants, which grow, not on soil, but on an elaborate drip irrigation system enabling plants to grow on walls.

This living artwork is the creation of French botanist and horticultural artist Patrick Blanc. Blanc, using a hydroponic system invented by Stanley Hart White, a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, has created a spectacular facade symbolizing the world's need for ecological and social sustainability. Blanc has a number of other gardens around the world, including artworks in Singapore, San Francisco, and Paris. Le Mur Végétal is free to the public, and is an awesome example of 21th century Landscape Architecture.   
Sphinx of Queen of Hatshepsut
(Egypt 18th Dynasty (1475 BC)
Greets Visitors to Mur Végétal








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