Staff pick: Fritz Haeg’s talk at CCAD

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From the March 22, 2012 edition

Who knew that planting an edible garden in a front yard could be an act of design and activism? In neighborhoods where right-angles lawns are barometers of success, such a garden is outright rebellion. It’s the kind of thing that will get people talking — to each other and about our surroundings.

This is just the sort of conversation architect and artist Fritz Haeg hopes to start with his many endeavors. Besides his “Edible Estates” project, Haeg also has an “Animal Estates” project that creates homes for animals deemed unwelcome by people. In both cases, Haeg creates places that were long ago replaced, ironically, with a void of place. The useful garden became the purely ornamental and non-native sod lawn. The animal habitat became a fenced-off space designed to keep critters out.

Haeg is a visiting artist at CCAD; his lecture Wednesday night is a chance for the public to experience some of what students are learning from him.

The evening also serves as the kickoff for CCAD’s campaign on behalf of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Bring one non-perishable food item to the presentation as “admission.”