MELD features Playlist N.6 (The Sky’s the Limit), the last in our Green Guerilla Collection.
| FEATURED VERTICAL GARDNER | Michael Hellgren
Michael Hellgren’s work with vertical gardens began with the degree thesis Vegetation on vertical surfaces in indoor environments — A model for a technical solution, where the technique, developed by Frenchman Patrick Blanc, was studied. The first vertical garden in Sweden was built in 2004. Since then, projects have been carried out in several European countries.
| FEATURED ARTIST | Imogen Cunningham
Cunningham refined her style, taking a greater interest in pattern and detail and becoming increasingly interested in botanical photography, especially flowers. Between 1923 and 1925 she carried out an in-depth study of the magnolia flower. Later in the decade she turned her attention toward industry, creating several series of industrial landscapes in Los Angeles and Oakland.
| FEATURED VERTICAL GARDNER | Patrick Blanc
Patrick Blanc is a botanist, working at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, where he specializes in plants from tropical forests.
| FEATURED ARTIST | Nobuyoshi Araki
Japanese photographer Araki Nobuyoshi has had a long and controversial career. While best known for his noirish photographs of Tokyo’s sex clubs and brothels, and his stark and intimate erotic portraits, he also photographs flowers, decadently arranged and in various states of decay. As with his other imagery, the lines between romance and pornography, sex and death, the beautiful and grotesque seem deliberately blurred.
| FEATURED GREEN ARCHITECT | Stefano Boeri | Bosco Verticale
Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. Bosco Verticale is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city.
| FEATURED ARTIST | Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens. Of his childhood he said, “I come from suburban America. It was a very safe environment and it was a good place to come from in that it was a good place to leave.”
| FEATURED GREEN ARCHITECT | Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano was born in September 1937 in Genoa, the ancient Italian port on the Mediterranean. Born into a family of builders, frequent visits to his father Carlo’s building sites gave him the opportunity to combine practical and academic experience.