Gardens are not just about plants. They are also about making a place that is ‘yours’ (though not necessarily exclusively) for rest, contemplation, pleasure, more practical uses and other personal benefits (see our ‘Personal Impact of Urban Green Space’ model)
This fisherman has created just such a spot – by cutting through a chainlink fence (to gain entry) and making repeated trips (marking out the path from the walkway to the riverbank). He obviously gains great pleasure from this garden – probably created in reaction to a local authority scheme to ‘improve’ the nearby track for ‘the people’.
This example made me realize that I’ve been overlooking a whole species of non-plant-related informal city gardens that still display care for, and attachment to, place.
Materials: Wire Cutters
Location: Fussa, Tokyo
(Originally posted on FIXES)