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Historic patterns made with modern materials: the waddles trace the lines of a baroque garden.

Straw Garden

Seattle Center Seattle, Washington, 2012

Temporary project for The Next Fifty at the Seattle Center

Commissioned by the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs


Coir and straw wattles, sixteen species of native plants, soil


1,200' linear x 12" tall (without plants)

This temporary six-month installation mixes materials from the modern practices of restoration and erosion control with the layout of historic baroque gardens. Installed on the lawn of the Seattle Center in a pattern borrowed from Le Compte’s design for Versailles, Straw Garden is comprised of wattles: netted, cylindrical bundles of straw and coconut fiber planted with species of plants natural to this biome.

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