The takeover of an urban backyard, created by imposing a series of jackhammer “cracks” into a concrete slab. Inspired by the tenacious plants that pioneer the tiny cracks of the urban landscape, the formal rows of the garden create order in the random and mixed planting of herbs, vegetables, strange flowers, and rogue weeds.
After more than 4,000 years — almost since the dawn of recorded time, when Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh that the secret to immortality lay in a coral found on the ocean floor — man finally discovered eternal life in 1988. He found it, in fact, on the ocean floor. The discovery was made unwittingly by Christian Sommer, a German marine-biology student in his early 20s. He was spending the summer in Rapallo, a small city on the Italian Riviera, where exactly one century earlier Friedrich Nietzsche conceived “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: “Everything goes, everything comes back; eternally rolls the wheel of being. Everything dies, everything blossoms again… .”