Once in a blue moon, a nostalgic overture comes from a place where it’s least expected to occur — a source that wasn’t even around when the object of nostalgia actually existed.
At the Imaginex Maintenant festival held every year in Amiens, France as an exposition in which creative youth are given opportunities to experiment with architecture, fashion, poetry and theater, three landscape architects decided to revive old varieties of salad leaves long since forgotten by the French agriculture industry.
Landscape architects Atelier Altern, Sylvain Morin and Aurelien Zoia created a 300-square-meter installation to revive public consciousness about salad greens historically enjoyed throughout France that have since been abandoned by farmers in favor of heartier vegetables; the structure features a metal sign that reads on vous raconte des salades, which roughly translates to mean “We told you salad’s story.”
In a land known for its dedication to joie de vivre, it’s interesting to observe its younger generation looking to the past for inspiration in the realms of agriculture, architecture and health. Altern, Morn and Zoia are planning an event to give away free samples of their harvest to the public this summer.
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