"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plants"
The idea was born during my residency at the MILK brothel.
From there I started exploring the hidden world of wild plants growing in Amsterdam’s red light district. Together with an urban ecologist I went on a quest, discovering over 45 different species of wild plants in just a few streets.
Among them were protected heart’s tongue ferns, the aromatic lemon balm, and edible rocket and chives. The Old Church was accompanied by two thermophile fig trees growing on the canal walls, and as a contrast, at the rear side two cannabis plants rooted themselves.
We found plants thriving on being walked over, or even urinated upon. Visitors are spreading more seed there then they might know.
Behind the windows I made the paper installation Wild Things, inspired on a selection of the found plants. A green oasis popping up between the red lights. Also I gave plant walks during which I told stories about the wild plants and how they relate to the neighborhoud.