Vague Meadow

Vague Meadow is about moving local dandelions from one place to another. Native dandelions at an old croft in the municipality of Klippan are gradually moved to Hyllie during the length of the exhibition, as a way of thinking about marginal, vague, and unwanted edibles in our landspace.

There is a recessed area in the terrain. The top soil layer has been removed. These are the traces of archaeological excavations that were made about 15 years ago. In the excavations, there were leftovers for settlements from younger neolitic, or peasant-stone age (about 3000 years BC). It was during this time people began to grow land in Skåne.

In the recessed area, the boundaries of the croft have been marked with a few posts, in scale 1: 3. Within the selection, the dandelions are planted in the same position in relation to each other as they grew at the croft.

The dandelion is an invasive plant that was brought into Scandinavia in the 17th century as a garden plant and then spread wild.

The dandelion produces seeds without pollination. The seeds give rise to plants that are basically genetic copies of the mother plant. Dandelions therefore develop local variants that do not interfere with each other. Each such variant is a species of confusion similar to hundreds of other species in the genus dandelions. The same gene set-up is preserved throughout the generations, and evolution is thus very slow.

Dandelions are very nutritious and all parts of the plant are edible, including the root. The plant has a pronounced bitter taste.

Blog: http://www.700dandelions.bjornwangen.se

Bjørn Wangen
Sweden

Some images

Some images

The last two weeks I've added 90 plants. www.700dandelions.bjornwangen.se/ ... More Information
Thoughts on Vague Meadow

Thoughts on Vague Meadow

Notions about place inform my ongoing work with Vague Meadow. I’m trying to think about place as dystopia. That is, at the brink of anthropocen (www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/timothy-morton-anthropocene-philosopher ), I ask if ... More Information
dandelion-progress

dandelion-progress

Bjørn has planted his dandelions at Hyllie. Follow the process at 700dandelions.bjornwangen.se ... More Information
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Dandelions on the move

I’m now taking up a large number of plants at the croft. They are planted in pots made of newspaper paper and placed in the shadow to rest. Each plant ... More Information
Dandelion progress

Dandelion progress

Bjørn has seeded dandelions – we are waiting to see if they show up. Once they are growing, he suggests that he might show you where to pick them. Follow ... More Information