For your friday morning


Artist Pete Dungey has turned something that most people would see as an annoyance or danger into something beautiful.  He plants mini flower gardens in potholes!

Pothole Gardens

To me this takes an extraordinary amount of vision.  Here in the UK, where Dungey does his work, the roads have been torn up by a worse-than-usual winter.  Potholes abound and the newspapers are all over it.  People in Glasgow have complained that driving there is like driving in a “third world country!”  Obviously, these complainers have not been to third world countries but their sentiments are in the majority.  And then along comes Pete.  Remarkably he sees these ugly holes as opportunities to create beauty!

Pothole Gardens

I love the idea here.  Clearly these gardens are highly ephemeral, they may only last a few hours before being destroyed by a passing car but that has not dissuaded Dungey from putting the time and effort into creating these little islands of cheerfulness.  There is a slight extravagance to this idea and I absolutely love it.

Pothole Gardens

Dungey does have a practical reason for doing this – he is trying to highlight the poor condition of British roads but instead of picketing outside Parliament or sending angry letters to the editor he’s gone about his mission in such a beautiful way.  It makes me wonder what areas in my life could benefit from a change of approach.  What relationships would be better if I looked for beauty?  What challenges would change if viewed from a different angle?  Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Pothole Gardens

All photos taken from http://www.petedungey.com/2010/project_pages/pothole_gardens.php.

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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10 Responses to For your friday morning

  1. Hilary says:

    Love this! What a creative guy! Thanks for sharing, and great pictures too!!

  2. Sloane says:

    Love this post Becca! What a great idea and a great point of view on this problem. This is a good reminder to try to take a fresh look at an old problem today. Happy Friday!

  3. POP says:

    Great commentary on quite a unique idea.
    Thanks! Its sorta like a Pr.15:1 response to the anger potholes cause people to feel and a beautiful message to the road dept. pinpointing needed repairs.
    Very thoughtful.

  4. Josh says:

    Love it! Beautiful idea… I bet the people who end up running them over are not the happiest people:/

  5. Hi Rebecca, just stumbled across your lovely blog. This post is about such a perfect, off-beat, creative way of looking at the world it brought a lump to my throat. Thank you for sharing it with us. Oh, and also for the photos of the Traquair church – we used to live in Embra Toon but I never made it there, despite being a huge P.A.T. fan. Those angels in the rainbow!

  6. Brett says:

    Thanks for sharing! Your pictures are exquisite.

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