As our urban environments grow and become increasingly dense, it is becoming more and more clear that there are not enough accessible green spaces. Particularly over the past 18 months with the spread of COVID-19 and limitations on indoor gatherings, many have struggled to find outdoor spaces to enjoy and gather, especially within lower-income communities. Becky Lauzon’s Green Living installation is composed of hand-blown and engraved glass cones planted with a range of grasses and wildflowers arranged on found materials. Together, it offers a juxtaposition of our natural and urban environments. For Lauzon, the lack of green space in our communities is detrimental to both our mental and physical health, while harming the natural ecology of our environment.
Over the course of the installation, the plants will grow in the cones, rising above their rims and reaching into the space, naturalizing the courtyard environment and blooming to offer nectar for pollinators. Through their cone shape, the glass vessels will act as their own ecosystems, using condensation and the small opening at the top to regulate their own environments. The engravings on the vessels, bustling city skylines without any break in their overwhelming repetition, will be overcome by the green stalks and leaves growing inside, eventually filling the space and fighting for our attention.