'The Garden of a Thousand Years' was an immersive and interactive artwork created by artists Anna McMahon and Annie McKinnon as part of the Parramatta Lanes Festival 2016 which took place between 11 - 14 October. Working with the Parramatta community, the artists created over 2000 hanging planters out of recycled plastics housing a range of edible and lifestyle plants.
This project was grounded in the theory of upcycling for future environmental sustainability and was commissioned through the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Just one plastic soft drink bottle can take up to one thousand years to break down in landfill. Using these throw away materials as housing for new plants means that rather than discarding the plastic to landfill, it is filled with new life - the plant cleaning the air and creating joy, food and better living conditions for its owner.
The artists would like to acknowledge the amazing support of Oasis Horticulture on this project.
This project was was commissioned by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.