Previously I have written about Living Walls & Billboards, but this one is extra special. A Canadian company is breathing new life into drab concrete surroundings with its uniquely designed Living Walls.
Green over Grey is based in Vancouver, British Columbia & is beautifying interior and exterior walls. Even chimneys that block an amazing view can become green flourishing walls of life.
Not happy with the traditional North American vertical system of grids and metal boxes, Green over Grey created their own system which allows for a much more diverse selection of plants, even large ones like fig trees, to grow vertically. Their secret is in the recycled, non-toxic material they use to create “plant pockets” which allow the roots of the plants to grow naturally rather than becoming root bound in a metal box. Basically they have been able to mimic how plants grow naturally on cliffs, rock outcroppings, etc.
Now, if you like what they did with the chimney, have a look at this! This is the living wall that they designed and implemented at the Semiahmoo Library in Surry, B.C.
I love the before and after shot of this wall, it’s such an amazing difference! It really shows just how drab a wall of concrete can be & how adding an array of greenery and flowering plants can drastically change it into a beautiful & functional space. This is currently the largest and most biologically diverse Living Wall in North America!
Vertical planting is not just for the outdoors either. Green over Grey has also completed many indoor walls as well, such as these ones located at ING Direct in Vancouver, B.C.
It would appear that Living Walls are limited only by the imagination when you have a dedicated, talented and creative team like the one at Green over Grey!
Their next project is one that I am very excited about. Here in Edmonton our beloved International Airport (YEG) has been going through a major expansion. The Green over Grey team said to me (via their Facebook Wall) “With more than 8000 individual plants it will literally welcome “yeggers” with a breath of fresh air”! I can’t wait to see this one, with it being in Edmonton I will actually get to visit it in person!