Mei Ling Hom – Dit Dit Dash

The current artist-in-residence at Bernheim is Mei Ling Hom. Her web page is HERE.  She’s currently working on a sculpture that will be set up in the Edible Garden along a sweeping walkway that goes from the arbor to the raised growing beds.  It involves creating around 50 individual “dits” and “dahs” that make up Morse Code. Each “dit” will be filled with soil and planted with a lavender plant.  Each “dah” will be planted with a row of European garlic.  The roots of the plants will be inoculated with Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi which will form a relationship with the plant that, in theory, will allow the plants to grow better than they would without the fungi.  As the sculptural piece rots over time they will leave the soil beneath them in better shape than before.  This concept of regenerative design is part of the larger garden design considerations.  Here’s some pictures of the pieces in production.  I’ll post pictures of the sculpture in place later.  Mei Ling’s partner, Dave, is instrument in all of this happening.
Meiling - Creating a dit
Dave and Meiling working 3-11-14

Meiling - dit and dah

Whirlwood Moves to Edible Garden

At Bernheim’s CONNECT event this year we debuted a new aspect of the festival we called CONNECTglow.  CONNECTglow is essentially a light sculpture competition that requires the artists to create spectacle at night without the assistance of AC current.  Artists could use fire, batteries, solar power w storage…anything that would allow them to create light without plugging in.  Carrie Blaydes and Mike Newsome (with factory handbook) created this whirlwind collection of drift wood they collected from the Falls of the Ohio State Park just across the 2nd Street Bridge from Louisville.  The sculpture was erected on the shores of Lake Nevin at Bernheim but now this piece is being moved to the Edible Garden at Bernheim.  It should fit in nicely in it’s new home.  I’ll post additional pictures once it’s in place and then more pictures next spring once the gardens get installed around it.

Whirlwood lscp CONNECTglow 2013Whirlwood CONNECTglow 2013 Whirlwood detail Whirlwood detail 2

Solar Data Collector

The summer solstice is at 1:04 a.m. this coming morning, June 21. Since our Edible Garden project is “tuned” to the sun we collected solar data today in the petal garden. This is Masha Lafen who is an intern with us this summer through the FoodWorks program at Middlebury college. She has stepped right into our crazy work family and we are thankful for her contributions. Today, every fifteen mintues, faithfully, she recorded the shadow position from a pole in the center of our garden. We will do the same thing on the winter solstice and the equinoxes. It’s humbling to do something that makes you really understand how complex our world is. From our point of view the sun is moving across the sky. But in reality we are moving and the sun remains put. Everything comes back to perspective.

Solar Data Collector

Solar Data Collector

Edible Garden Arbor – goes up

Wetland planting going in.  Arbor going up.  We will never see this view again.

Wetland planting going in. Arbor going up. We will never see this view again.

This will be the last time anyone sees this view. Tomorrow the connecting members go in place and this view will be gone forever. Plants will be planted on the arbor and it won’t be long before you won’t see the Research Center from here. And the filtering wetland in the foreground will soon be full of newly planted specimens. We are changing the face of Bernheim forever. And in the process we are increasing biodiversity, cleaning our water runoff, improving the soil on this site, producing food locally, and that’s just the short list. I can feel good about that.