Young Observatorium - Treatment of the soil 26 June – 2 July 2014 Works in the park: everyday at 10 am – 1pm, 4pm – 8pm/ Sun, 29 June 12pm coffee with the artists Wed, 2 July, 5pm, picnic/meeting with the artists Millenium Park, Zielona Góra
Four young architects and artists collaborating with the Dutch Observatorium group will embark on their project to deal with temporary changes in Millenium Park. Their perception of the site was obscured by a bad condition of the soil and the unkept vegetation. Thus, together with the residents of Zielona Góra the artists will start works in the eastern part of the park in order to reclaim and redevelop it. This ardous physical work will continue for five days, and will end with a public picnic, during which a meeting with the artists will also take place.
The park is in need of constant care and attention. A great deal of area is left neglected and uncared for, subject to further deterioration. To allow the green area to develop freely, a number of individual picturesque sites have been formed, which undoubtedly contribute to the beauty and potential of the park, Zielona Góra's 'wild' lungs. The artistic intervention is intended to revive the natural beauty of one of these areas, and the main idea of the project is to give the soil thorough treatment. As the soil has preserved the historical content of the area, while the land is cultivated and looked after, the history of the site is also taken care of.
Everyone is encouraged to join the works in Millenium Park to make the park become an even more friendly place. [Young] Observatorium (Ymke Vertelman, Maila Mangiapanello, Lieven Poutsma, Suze Hoek) are partners of the Dutch Observatorium group based in Rotterdam, which deals with public space and urban wasteland. Observatorium was established by Geert van de Camp, Andre Dekker and Ruud Reutelingsperger in 1997, and it has been run by the same artists ever since. The artists focus on relationships that can be found between art, landscape and society. The 'Treatment of the Soil' project has been launched by the group specifically for Millenium Park.