Uncultivated (Lynn Cazabon) – Opened on June 3rd, 2014
For her Uncultivated at The Point in Hunts Point, the South Bronx, Cazabon brought in horticulturalist Chris Partain, and together they conducted workshops with kids, teaching them basic principles of plant ecology and helping them create a garden consisting of “wild” edible plants, aka, weeds. Earlier Cazabon had found, identified, and photographed them, as they readily grow in the cracks and crevices and vacant lots of the neighborhood. She also had the youngsters draw these and other plants as they learned about them.
At harvest time the artist invited Wildman Steve Brill to lead one of his signature foraging tours. The foraged weeds and those planted and grown from seeds became the main ingredients of Brill’s culinary demonstration. There, at The Point’s large industrial kitchen, he was aided by sous chefs of all ages, especially teens, turning out a delectable feast. The satisfied diners took copies of Brill’s recipes to recreate the dishes at home. Their own palates taught them that these wild plants they once reviled deserve a place on their table with other dishes. But, even more, they were discovering that with worsening global warming these might become part of our regular diets as they survive, and even thrive, while the greens we now take for granted may not.
Cazabon and Partain started at the Bryant Community Garden near The Point’s main location on Garrison Street. Later more “weed” seeds and seedlings were grown at the Garrison Street campus. Foraging took place at the Point’s Riverside Campus, close to the Bronx River. Uncultivated began in June and, with delays because of rain, finished on October 1, 2014.
However, Uncultivated is to be continued at The Point in the fall of 2015 with talks and workshops on climate change and in the summer of 2016 with a series of posters which Cazabon will design for Bronx buses and other public places focusing on wild plants in our industrial culture.
Click here for ‘Wildman’ Steve Brill’s inClimate recipes.