So how does he do it?
Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens are an artistic expression of his scientific practise. He spent decades examining the way that numerous wild plants naturally grow on vertical rock faces and trees. Consequently, he perfected a technique that enables urban plants to grow vertically without the need for soil. A system of slats is used to secure artificial felt and myriads of strategically placed plant roots, with automated watering and fertilisation. It's nothing short of botanical architecture.
For each location, he carefully selects plants according to local climatic conditions and the visual effect he wants to create. Patrick has won many awards for his work and also gives lectures around the world.
To date, he has created over 140 public Vertical Gardens since 1994, as well as many private installations. Those of particular note include:
- The Quai Branly Museum in Paris
- The Marithé & François Girbaud boutique in Manhattan
- Herzog & De Meuron's Caixa Forum in Madrid
- The Aquarium in Genoa
- The Siam Paragon Mall in Bangkok
- The 21st Century of Art in Kanazawa, Japan