The Project is located in Favara, 6 kilometers from Agrigento archaeological site, Greek city, annually visited by about 600,000 people. Traditional agriculture of the vine and olive coexists with forms of globalized agriculture (greenhouses). The Mediterranean scrub is the “ Third Landscape” (crf. Gilles Clément).
Farm Cultural park
The origin of the project is the meeting between Fausta Occhipinti and Andrea Bartoli, curator and founder of Farm Cultural Park, which has triggered a process of urban regeneration through contemporary art in Favara, near Agrigento.
Contemporary art program
The site is a landlocked lot which overlooks the ancient Castello Chiaramonte, now a cultural center that houses permanent and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Fausta Occhipinti and Giardini in Campo are selected to design and build the outdoor spaces of the new museum.
The soil is poor and degraded. Over the years it has been used as a dumping ground for the renovation of the manor.
A reconquest by the wilderness is the project’s starting point. The themes of the “wild” and of urban agriculture have emerged from the collective debate and give rise to a “Wild garden with kitchen.”
The garden was created during an international workshop with the involvement of residents , students, community groups and local businesses. The materials are waste from neighboring sites and stuff already on site. The goal is “to do a lot with a little”, in a logic of reuse and prudent use of resources. Giardini in campo considers the current economic crisis a resource, not an obstacle. The decision is collective: “ We make the impossible possible .”
Wild kitchen garden
The garden is articulated through a path, that leads from the wild and inaccessible to the domestic and productive.
Starting from the partial recovery of the access ladder, we go down to the wild vineyard, which is climbed to a metal cage, to get to a steep path. It crosses a natural area with vegetation and terraces, made with pruning waste. We stop to rest on sandstone seats (the same stone as the temple of Juno), surrounded by the scent of wild mint. We feel a climate change while going down, the air is cooler and damper, the light sweeter. We leave the forest and reach a natural area which is partially domestic, with wild crops and the vegetable garden permaculture down even more. We take action, we reclaim, we build, we plant, we cultivate, and we cook the fruits of our garden. Hanging out on the big wooden stage, we finally have dinner watching Favara, an urban landscape in flux.