Currently I am working on a series of 6 oil paintings for this project I work together with the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden to tell the story of sidewalk plants. A wide variety of plant species flower between tiles and bricks. They help to retain water, cool down the city and attract insects and birds. It is a shame that hardly anyone notices them, as they have such an important ecological role and are often very beautiful as well!
Each painting shows a different type of pavement, with their own plants that break the geometrical pattern. To restore our balance with nature it is time to let nature grow again. Humans have become very proficient at deciding which types of nature are allowed to grow on a certain spot. This has disturbed the natural dynamic balance within ecosystems.