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PLANTS AND BUILDINGS IN TOKYO

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PLANTS AND BUILDINGS IN TOKYO

A photographic essay looking at flowers and trees in a dense city.

Jared Braiterman,
Tokyo, summer 2010

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Plants can cover the built environment.

Bury, hide, displace what we don’t want to see.

They also soften the hard edges of concrete and steel with natural forms.

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What ugly machine is hidden by these pink roses?

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We have paved over the city, and yet some residents are recycling materials and staging public gardens.

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What is hiding behind these hydrangea?

And is the generous person who planted them still living close by?

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But perhaps flowers and plants become more beautiful when juxtaposed with our built environment…….

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Is an urban street-side lilac more beautiful and perhaps even more fragrant?

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Is the ephemerality and natural elegance of a dogwood tree magnified by its context?

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Didn’t I see these last year?

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Scale and value shift.

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How distinct are interior, sky, flower, and built environment?

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Clay pots bring soil and life to high-rise living.

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A quiet oasis shelters supernatural and human co-habitation.

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What is the line between ornament and sustenance, today’s structures and centuries of agriculture?


3 Contributions
  1. Plants & buildings: a photo essay « Tokyo Green Space

    [...] Chris’ help, I posted a photo essay about photos and buildings on Tokyo-DIY-gardening. It’s easy to imagine how plants can soften the built environment. [...]

    Aug 13, 2010

  2. Lisa Ueda

    I’m in love with the shot of the temple, such a beautiful gnarled tree.

    Aug 14, 2010

  3. Tokyo DIY Gardening » Archive » [CITY FORM] Draft Photo/Text Collage Excerpt

    [...] Tokyo: a photographic essay looking at flowers and trees in a dense city. Tokyo-DIY-Gardening.org [LINK] (Full Article) Brandenburg, C. 2005. Experience of Japanese landscape – some selected [...]

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