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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pothole gardens

Artist Pete Dungey plants gardens in the potholes on British roads. "If we planted one of these in every hole," he says, "it would be a like forest in the road."

132 comments:

Rachel Dangerfield said...

Brilliant! It reminds me a little of a book I recently read, "The World Without Us". This little peak of nature in a world of pavement really makes me feel good...

Sarah Swift said...

They should start doing that in downtown Los Angeles too!

What a creative way of pointing out that something needs to be done!

I need to start planting gardens in my assistants desk drawers...

ryder said...

Amazing!

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

So sweet and yet so temporary. We all know these won't last forever. I love it.

BARGAIN BEX said...

that is so gosh darn sweet, it's almost makin' my teeth hurt! ;)

alyson. said...

I love this so so much!

passport in my pocket said...

this needs to happen in New Jersey! Our potholes are out of control.

Kristy said...

This is so cool!! Manhattan would be a sea of beautiful flowers!

jjparks said...

I love that!! We have them all over the city, and they are more like ditches than little holes.

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Silvia said...

Aww I love this! If everybody planted a garden in a pothole, we'd definitely have a more beautiful world. :)

Anna said...

UM LOVE THIS!!!! my tires would blush they would be so delighted to get flowers! ; )!

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Margaret said...

That is fantastic! I live in St. John's, Newfoundland, and we have so many potholes, too! If anything would actually grow here, I'd go out and do that!

Cathi said...

Fabulous!

Beatriz said...

How great is this!! I would be so sad for people that run over it though... it's just precious. Great close-up!!

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Alex said...

What a great idea! My road is fit for a Jeep commercial it has so many pot holes! Great post.

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That's a great idea! Maybe I'll do that to my mom's driveway, she's always complaining about them :). That would be a great surprise haha!

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Jo said...

he should go to mexico city, he would have potholes for life, hehe!

Jill Wignall said...

These are great. Where did you find him? Where you just browsing Brighton University website? : )

Mary said...

I live in Michigan, which means potholes galore! I had a laugh when I saw this cause I imagined what our roads would look like with potted potholes. There would be more garden than road, that's for sure! But what a wonderful idea!

abby said...

i love that. it makes me a liiiittttle nervous for those flowers though.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Gorgeous! What an amazing idea? Do the flowers eventually get trampled? Geez, I hope not, they're too pretty to be smashed!!

Thanks for the picture!

Shane and Ariel said...

Love it! Some people are just so awesome.

Anna Alter said...

So cheerful, I love it.

The domestic novice said...

If he could pop round and plant some of ours up - the snow has left our roads riddled with potholes!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

This is so clever! But my heart would brake if anyone mistakenly ran over the flowers...

my bat lightning heart said...

Such a good idea!

Signorina Svizzera said...

I love this! it looks like a little fairy village up close :)

Iva said...

so simple...yet so genius! I think its darling!!

Holly said...

HAHA this makes me laugh

Laurie Jones said...

In Indianapolis the road would be a garden right now after all the snow/salt that's been on our roads!

Red Lipstick Style said...

I just love things like this! Creating something lovely out of something awful! Just wonderful!

Cindy Sue said...

Would this be like making a silk purse out of a sow's ear, LOL... Love it! Very creative.

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That is the happiest thing I've EVER seen.....how cute!

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Anonymous said...

so cute... but I already feel bad for when they get run over! I once tripped and fell in the middle of the road because of a dang pothole and then almost got run over... flowers would have helped!

Elizabeth said...

What an amazing idea! I love it!

Alyssa said...

Oh this is brilliant! :D

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

This is the sweetest idea ever. It's literal street art! :) xo

emma said...

these are gorgeous!

Tiffany said...

That's so cool, though don't potholes appear where the tires are suppose to drive over? Everyone would be constantly swerving, which would actually look pretty nice now that I think about it. Cars dancing in a sea of flowers... aww

Penny Lane said...

oh my god, that's so fantastic! I absolutely love it! The road I take to get to school is plagued with so many potholes, and it just gets worse in the winter with all the rain. I'm inspired to do this just to make my daily commute a little brighter :)

the southern hostess said...

This is so lovely! Such a cool idea.

Jocy said...

Fantastic. I love finding beauty in unexpected places. But how long would the flowers live, in a sea of cars?

Pretty Little World said...

In theory this is lovely, but wouldn't that cause accidents if people swerved to miss the flowers? I'd also feel really, really bad if I were a driver and ran them over.

BananaSaurusRex said...

Awesome!

Emom said...

I'm fixin' the holes....
well, The Beatles...I'm not, but the song works...smiles.

LINDSAY said...

Good Gosh! If Detroit did this we'd have gardens EVERYWHERE. Which would be lovely of course.

umama said...

Love it!

Tammie Lee said...

this is such a charming idea. Although I do not like the idea of a car running over them!

iheartkiwi said...

so sweet... i hope they don't get run over!

Christine said...

I love that idea. The world needs more gardens.

Desiree Fawn said...

beautiful!

@mynicole said...

perhaps i'll start doing that in hawaii! the roads out here are terrible and could definitely use something delightfully cheery!

The Zhush said...

Awwww.

Natasha said...

What a beautiful idea! I could plant one right outside my house!

Rosemary said...

such a neat idea to bring some sweetness to an otherwise annoying bump in the road. though, i'd be heartbroken to see these gorgeous little gems driven over!

{Flourish} said...

I just love this...how beautiful.

Atticus and Juliet said...

this cracks me up. LOVE it!

simplesong said...

oh my what a sweet little surprise!

Diana said...

This is one of those ideas that sounds sweet but isn't all that thought out--like the idea to leave random little toys around for kids to find or mail letters to everyone in your village. I'm not a party pooper, but I think some old people might think it was an animal in the road in the dark and swerve and crash or something. And kids finding random toys might scare parents. And old people getting random mail might scare old people. Not to mention that when they do eventually repair these potholes, the workers are going to have more work to do to clean it out. And the random toys left around for kids is just more litter blowing around--just like a school releasing balloons to celebrate something is just more sea birds choking. There are plenty of happy cheerful artistic things to do that don't involve old people dying or birds choking. I'm just worried about the old people!

Theresa said...

How cool!

Elsa May said...

EEEEP! I love it - what a totally cool idea!

HeatherClark said...

id like a few of these in san francisco please...not at all practical but cool the same

Beverly Hsu said...

such a lovely idea!

I've always wanted to fill potholes with play-doh :)

Destination Inspiration said...

Oh my gosh I love that! If only you could rely on motorists not to run them over :(

Michelle said...

Oh what a cute idea! I hope I see one of these someday.

lionqueen said...

they won't last long I guess as far as I know the British car drivers :)but a really nice idea!

Karena said...

How darling to come across one of these. Really made me smile!
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Mandee said...

Beautiful &brilliant :)

Rachel said...

That is beautiful. It is like saying that even though there might be bumps in the road, beautiful things and growth may come of those hard times.

love it.

Jena said...

I love this idea!

Rose said...

ah that's lovely- have you heard about the urban gardeners too who go and just plant flowers etc in sad little unused parts cities- fun.

British roads have LOTS of pot holes so this chap will be busy

Rebecca (Dog-Eared) said...

adorable! i can just imagine all the drivers swerving out of their paths to avoid them..

Bluebelle said...

That is so cool, I love it!

graceful nichole said...

This really takes the aggravation out of seeing a pothole and swirving to miss it - now you will miss crushing beautiful flowers! Brilliant.

jones said...

amazing!

bekapirwitz said...

this is genius!
i can't even tell you how many potholes i go over in one day. some you just can't avoid. my poor tires...
i'm sure the rude people here would drive right over those beauties. and then i would have to punch them in the face. hahaha.
:)

The Lil Bee said...

This is amazing. It reminds me of that famous photo where a hippy placed a flower in a soldier's gun.

from lara said...

oh what a nice post! i love this idea!

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

How inspiring!

Cheryl said...

He would have his work cut out for him in Manhattan...but it would be quite the site

Rachel Elizabeth said...

These are so cool!

Teresa said...

What a delightful surprise.

erin said...

oh my goodness. favorite post of the week. love it!

Laura said...

I love it, but... I think I would find myself swerving to not run over the flowers. I see accidents.

But it does look absolutely gorgeous. :)

Catchingup said...

First of all, Diana, you worry too much. Second of all, I can see accidents happening too, but people swerve to avoid animals, so it's going to happen anyhow.

Third, I'm doing this to two potholes in my driveway! Hahaha! We've always thought it would be quaint to have a drive with tall grass growing down the center...why not some hardy little flowers in the holes?

The only drawback is that they also serve as wonderful birdbaths...

megnificentmade said...

I love it! I'm afraid they'd get destroyed but it does brighten them up and help drivers avoid them!

Sweet Freak said...

Genius. Wouldn't it be great if every blight in life was rectified with such cleverness and beauty??

Ilaria said...

Great idea! But I think he doesn't know italian roads and their potholes...

cevd said...

what a lovely idea.

woolies said...

Magnificent. How awesome that would be to see!

Camila said...

This is beautiful, but how does he keep them alive?

Being Lovely said...

How brilliant. What a beautiful expression of optimism! And if it maybe draws some attention to the poor state of the roads, so much the better. :)

Circus Charlie said...

wow,
if we planted one of these in every hole in indonesia the entire country would be a jungle
gotta love those quirky brits, ahem

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Really cool but totally impractical, of course. Plus, the roots of plants will only cause MORE cracking and potholes. But they look pretty!

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