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