Floating Garden Hortus floatus
Grain barge finds new purpose.
An old barge in Bristol, UK has found a new purpose in life, that of a garden. Just as a caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly, the barge has transformed from dilapidated eyesore into a beautiful floating green space. Now the people of Bristol and visitors alike can stroll through the park and cover more ground than their legs would have carried them; a new take on a ‘green’ taxi if you will. The plantings are rooted in the city’s history as seeds, gravel and earth were used as ballast to weigh down ships as they unloaded their goods and were then dumped into the river in Bristol. All species are non-native and come from the far reaches of the globe. It is both industrial and artistic and I would be keen to experience it for myself. I think it is a great way to highlight a part of history and recycle an otherwise uninviting piece of equipment.