Centaurea cyanus

In the Spring of 2009, approximately 500,000 Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower) seeds were planted throughout the Crown Heights North neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Locations were concentrated in derelict public spaces near industrial operations. Plots varied in size and shape to utilize available soil and included cracks in the pavement, abandoned planters adjacent a condemned townhouse, and crevices along the façade of a crumbling brick wall. Results varied due to soil condition, competing flora, and industrial impact. In many locations, Centaurea cyanus has taken root and continues to bloom. Conducted in collaboration with Max Thelander.