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Art for Nature

Officinadïdue

Vera Bonaventura & Roberto Mainardi

"Seed Bombing" is a trilogy conceived and realized for the Trauttmansdorf Gardens in Merano, Italy. It was commissioned to explore the concept of Biodiversity for the ONU Decennial Theme.
The work consists on glass eggs ( bombs) full of seeds laying on different places: on the porfiry ground at the entrance of the Gardens; or suspended on the pond of the Knowledge and, at last, in the Glasshouse recently re-opened where the install is a sound-work.

Officinadïdue's artistic project for the Trauttsmandorf Gardens focuses on Seed Bombing, a reforestation practice in use for several years and which has given rise to various forests in the world , for the ability to spread seeds and plants in large areas in a short time.  Specifically, it concerns the use of airplanes that drop thousands of bombs made of humus and seeds (seed bombs) or small plants on dry, burnt or difficult-to-reach areas.

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A seed bomb made of blown glass and filled with poplus alba seeds on porfiry ground at the entrance of the Trauttmansdorff Gardens

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The theme of reforestation, the preservation of biodiversity and the absorption of CO2 are all obviously interconnected but are also linked to socio-economic and geopolitical factors with the forecast of displacements of millions of climate migrants and possible social and political destabilizations, economic crises. wars.

The use of "bombs that bring life and not destruction" has therefore been one of the fascinations that the artists have explored and proposed to the public.

The material that Officinadïdue uses for this large diffused installation is Murano blown glass in homage to their land of origin but above all for the characteristics linked to fragility, purity, transparency, ephemeral origin and alchemical use.

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When throwing seed bombs from above over large areas, there is no certainty as to where they will fall. In good or unsuitable soils, between brambles or pools of water. Like the sower who sows seeds with great faith in the fate and goodness of that gesture.

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