The Great Crate was collaborative in essence—Plus One itself is a collaboration of creative studios and individuals, including design studio Telly Theodore & Associates, architect Andy Macdonald, and curator Danella Bennett. In addition, at the heart of the project was the goal of involving local people and their communities. As an area set for intense change, this work aimed to encourage thinking about what kind of village Green Square was, and what it could become. Thousands of packets of fast-growing broad beans were distributed by mail to residents and businesses in the local area, along with easy to grow instructions to raise the plants on balconies or in gardens. Plus One encouraged the community to nurture the seeds until the Art & About festival began at which point they were gathered and transformed into a giant green living square. Other edible plants were also welcomed for contribution, the public was encouraged to bring them to the installation on Saturdays and participate in planting and discussion. At night, the living sculpture and fully recyclable installation was lit with solar-powered LED fairy lights.
In a final act of collaboration and community involvement, at the end of the project Sydneysiders were invited to take a plant from the cube and continue nurturing it at home, or alternatively eat it. 25,000 edible plants were harvested including parsley, sage, thyme, strawberries, chervil, pakchoi, tatsoi, basil, purple basil, oregano, coral lettuce, applemint, spearmint, lemon balm, pea bounty, yellow beans, vietnamese mint, kale, red cabbage, cabbage, and watercress.
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