Maider López

Born in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain in 1975. Lives and works in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain.

The project is about making a garden of movement all together. The main goal is for people embracing plants to create a collective moving garden that brings together different plants and people to connect the local and the public, the individual and the collective.

This action starts with plants placed in the public space. The plants are diverse, large and small, of different shapes and species, some bushy and others tall. Each plant has different needs and requires different care, some need a lot of water, others less. Plants are different, just as every person is different. The project temporarily brings them all together to create a human garden that reflects the diversity of plants and people.

Participants come and choose a plant. Then people walk together, hugging the plants, embracing nature. People move the city: A collective garden, a show of plants is staged. Each individual is part of this collective garden. The city, the public space, is occupied, albeit temporarily, by the green garden, thus reclaiming the urban space for a while.

Commissioned by Chemnitz European Capital of Culture 2025.
Action took place at Chemnitz, Germany on the 2nd of July 2022.