ROBERT HAIS

Zipper Park

The urban environment today changes in a direction that is totally dominated by economy, efficiency and accessibility. Through these attributes a strategy is implemented to sweep the cities clean from everything that is deemed uneconomically, inefficient and that affects the accessibility. The city planners have, it seems, forgotten what the green spaces does to people who live in the cities. The excessive use of hard materials in the cities creates an unforgiving environment.

 

In some places in Sweden they have come very far with the elimination tactics and my opinion is that you could weigh that against the physical well-being of the people in those places. We need green spaces around us to feel good and numerous research and studies have been done on this topic.

 

The entirety of the work is created out of 7 installations, surrounding the inner city of Halmstad. Each installation is 12x2 meters and are integrated with the exciting pavements. The seven installations creates a circle around the city and connects the existing green spaces together.

 

My ambition with the work was to raise the awareness of the underlying mother nature, that we seem to have forgotten, in a semi-humoristic way by letting her break through a zipper that cant hold her in place. The protruding green area within each installation is somewhat raised in the centre as to visually say that she doesn’t want to be contained and especially not locked away by concrete-politics.

When the exhibition took place at the city art gallery, in relation to the finished installations around the city, the reversed aesthetics were used. Coal represented the ash that the public space had become and real grass were used for the surroundings. Internally it was deemed okay to use natural grass, but not for the installations in the public spaces.

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