Living Art – The Vertical Wave of the Future

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.

A living chimney

Green over Grey has successfully disguised this ugly brick chimney!

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.

Semiahmoo Library - Before and After the Living Wall

Semiahmoo Library - Before and After the Living Wall

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.

Living Wall at ING Vancouver Living Wall at ING Vancouver

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!

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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