When sponsorship was proving difficult to come by for my Bloom 'Generation Garden' I adapted the design to fit a brief proposed by the Marie Keating Foundation and Roche. The design wasn't chosen to be built in Bloom 2016 but I really like the sentiment behind the proposal.
This proposed garden is a platform for sharing the stories of survivorship from the Marie Keating 'Out the Other Side' campaign. It's an expression of people coming together, reaching out and sharing experiences.
It's rich planting of alliums, echinacea and foxtail lilies suggests growth, uplifting joy and a sense of hope. Grasses and drumstick alliums grow between the pavement connecting the stories and flowing into the sunken garden.
The sunken area becomes a haven for contemplation and rest,with ferns and woodland planting, a quiet space to reflect on a hammock made from the donated bras of a community of women.
The garden draws on the strength of the community- a community of brave women sharing their stories, kind women donating their bras, and talented NCAD students reworking the fabrics to create the hammock.
I also proposed drawing on the generosity of the public and their crafty skills to knit hundreds of breasts to be displayed on the cut birch trunks seen in the foreground of the image. The fun element would marry well with the hammock, it would be memorable but mostly it would demonstrate the will of others to reach out and help those who are fighting this horrible disease.