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About the Project

How do we “make ourselves at home” in the city? asks Fritz Haeg, artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center in association with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s 25th anniversary. For the past decade, Haeg has examined how we live in our cities, offering alternatives through edible gardens, public dances, urban parades, domestic gatherings, temporary encampments, animal architecture, educational events, documentary videos, and publications. This year, the artist works with Twin Cities residents and community groups on gardens, events, and a gallery installation that encourage us to reimagine our everyday relationships to the land, the home, the city, and each other.

Foraging Circle: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Planted May 2013

A new garden Foraging Circle is communally planted in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, featuring a diversity of plants—many native to the region—with domestic uses such as herbals, medicinals, edibles, and plants for dying textiles and attracting pollinators. Situated at the center of the grounds, a geodesic dome serves as a headquarters for public workshops, conversations, meals, and events related to local horticulture, food production, and urban farming. The garden evolves through the seasons, reflecting the peoples and plants in the city today.

Edible Estate Garden #15:Twin Cities

Planted May 2013

A diverse organic edible garden replaces the suburban front yard of a local household selected from an open call. Stories of the first season of growth are told in a journal kept by the gardeners, along with a video, weekly photos, sketches, and background information presented in the museum. The Twin Cities plot marks the final chapter of the project, bringing it back to the American Midwest and the hometown of the artist. The garden will be documented in the book Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn (Metropolis Books) in 2014.

Domestic Integrities A05: Walker Art Center

August 8–November 24, 2013

Domestic Integrities explores the ways we use what we find around us, bringing landscapes and gardens into our homes. A circular rug crocheted from discarded clothing and textiles serves as a charged site for testing, performing, and presenting how we want to live. Materials harvested and processed from the Foraging Circle and other local gardens are periodically presented on the rug. Some remain on display for weeks while others change daily, but there is always something fresh from the land to drink, taste, smell, and touch.

“What if some tended wilderness came back to the city?”

“What if you grew food instead of a front lawn?”

“How do we make ourselves at home with what we find and harvest?”