Public Lease Garden

In 2008 the Municipality of Middelburg wanted to bring together innovative art of high quality with the cultural-historical identity of the city. The Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg did the realization in cooperation with Mothership. The sketch proposals were presented during two exhibitions in De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, after which residents could cast their votes by means of ballots distributed door-to-door.

Public space
The public space in Klarenbeek is fragmented. Here and there a small football field, a drainage ditch decorated as a park, and everywhere miniature plots with always in bloom bushes. Some are neatly modeled, others look like forgotten hair cuts. The stiff vegetation makes all cases impenetrable and a gathering place for litter.

Public lease garden proposes to return all unused lots, neglected public gardens and murky dog walking areas to the residents of the district of Klarenbeek in Middelburg by putting them up for lease. Everybody can rent a piece of public space and set it up to his own liking. This can be a passive public space like a garden extension or extra parking space, but also a communal barbecue or children’s playground for the neighborhood.

Location Klarenbeek – Middelburg

Period 2008

Commisioned by SBKM
Funding Municipality of Middelburg