Landscapes - Summer 2017 - LPPlus10

OUT OF THE BOX

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I RECENTLY RETURNED to Montreal after
five years away. I was immediately struck
by certain citizen initiatives reminiscent of
what we were trying to do back in 1990 - the
opposite of décor. We were designers and
artists working on ephemeral creative
projects in the city's derelict spaces. Some
were old grain silos, others were vacant
lots in various parts of the city. Now I am
rediscovering artistic and/or food-related
initiatives undertaken with glee. All too
often our judgment, values and culture
cause us to see a space as chaotic or even
anarchic. But perhaps that is not at all a
fair description.
Certain sites can look disorderly to the
eye, like the People's Park in Berkeley in
the late 1960s. And yet such anarchic urban
spaces do follow certain rules of spontaneity,
creativity, reclamation, innovation and
sharing. Their essential spontaneity
encourages people to embrace them. Even
more important is the idea of freedom,
which comes to mind because it leads us to
travel without preconceptions. In Montreal's
Mile End, a neighbourhood I know well
because I lived there for more than a decade,
we find - along the railway tracks - some
true urban landscape treasures.
Anarchy or disorder inevitably lead to their
opposite. They bear the seeds of change
and renewal and push the boundaries of
the possible. A case in point is the Champ
des possibles, a space re-appropriated by
creative people: a fine example of the
landscape architect as user, the artist as
urban farmer. This same innovative spirit
finds a particularly special and satisfying
expression in the Jardin du crépuscule on
the north side of Van Horne Avenue, near
Saint-Urbain Street; this site also adjoins
the CN tracks.
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I met the creator of this wonderful
garden of metal sculptures made from
found materials originating from the nearby
tracks - an inclusive environmentalist
opus created under cover of darkness. His
name is Glen Lemesurier, an underground
artist and a Van Horne "phenomenon" - a
subversive sculptor, Mile End bohemian and
street poet. "I have a strong commitment
to Public Art and a belief that Art should
be integrated into the experience of daily
life," he writes on his Web site. "My work
is created with the purpose that it will
find its way into the public sphere. I have
developed an art environment in the Mile
End neighborhood of Montreal, where I
work and I live, because I believe that urban
reclamation and occupying public spaces
with Art is a form of culture in action."
Glen got his artistic metalworking
studio off the ground by moving in next
to the sculpture garden. He took his art
to the streets by placing it in the Jardin du
crépuscule. He took over the small, derelict
plot with his sculptures, installations,
benches and metal mobiles, and spent
several years fighting the authorities'
impulse to dismantle the garden. As well as
telling the rail-based history of the place,
Glen generously shares his landscape art
for everyone's enjoyment. It is a deeply
spiritual gesture in a world that has
lost its bearings. He has worked on the
garden for nearly 20 years, and it is now
officially recognized by the city as a green
space. Le Mesurier has been transplanting
various local plants into the garden. And
as more plant diversity is introduced,
insects - including the bees - have begun
to come back. Someday, he says, the plants
and the bees will have chased the poison
out of the ground.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - OPINION
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 50
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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