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The promised planters – city beautified?

By johnboy 19 November 2008 32

Back on 28 August the Chief Minister promised to do something about the shabby state of Civic.

In particular he promised:

    “To complement the Floriade in the City entertainment, the ACT Government will beautify the heart of the city with the installation of new flower displays and fairy lights through the trees on Northbourne Avenue.”

Over the last week every pole in the city centre has had “flower displays” added. Also known as cheap pots filled with what, to my untutored eye, appear to be petunias.

I do wonder who’s going to give them the water they need as there’s no sign of drippers.

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Gobbo 1:00 am 06 Dec 08

vandam said :

And honestly, plants??????? Its like those bloody barrels in the City which I thought was actually junk until I realised its another crazy art statement (meaning its still junk!)

Ahh yes, but it was only a temporary piece of crazy art statement junk. Under that context, (and along with the wrapped plants and the bus signal), it also really really made me smile.

Maybe I am just getting happier in my old age?

vandam 3:18 pm 20 Nov 08

I hope they are using grey water!

And honestly, plants??????? Its like those bloody barrels in the City which I thought was actually junk until I realised its another crazy art statement (meaning its still junk!)

miz 10:13 pm 19 Nov 08

I like it. Petunias are great this time of year – they sometimes get criticised for being a bit ‘common’, but they are tough yet colourful. A bit like Mark Carmody! I wonder when he will put one in his buttonhole?

Gobbo 10:09 pm 19 Nov 08

I read in t’paper that the Canberra CBD Ltd put these ‘installations’ up and not the ACT Government.

The contractors that installed the plantings are also to water them. Apparently they are there until March 2009. If community feedback is good, they will extend the plantings next year.

I think that it goes some way towards reconciling that someone cares about the place.

Tick VG Canberra CBD.

Granny 10:05 pm 19 Nov 08

I’m still waiting for the whale to hit ….


shiny flu 9:57 pm 19 Nov 08

“Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was ‘Oh no, not again’.”

miz 9:52 pm 19 Nov 08

Katoomba has pretty wine barrels full of flower displays at the mo -saw them on the weekend – on both sides of the main street. AND they have attractive metal rubbish bins too, with a fixed lid so you don’t have to touch it to put your rubbish in (which appeals to the OCD side of me)!

bd84 9:04 pm 19 Nov 08

The planters are actually the work of Canberra CBD Ltd the company created magically from nowhere. They will water the flowers until march next year then they will be removed when they go out od season.

There was a story or news release on this somewhere, but I can’t remember where I saw it to provide the linkage!

PsydFX 8:18 pm 19 Nov 08

I think they look pretty good, but I do agree that some of them are prime candidates to be knocked down by idiots.

Lex 7:30 pm 19 Nov 08

Walking past them early morning on Monday – a number of the holders were twisted/pots almost hanging out, but by Monday evening they were all straight and shiny again. By today most had been raised another foot or so, out of jumping-drunk-tall guy range. Oh, and a man goes by early in the morning with a water carrying-ute with a long water sprayer thingy…

Kizzle 3:20 pm 19 Nov 08

If I was a bird I would totally shiat off these.

H1NG0 1:16 pm 19 Nov 08

I noticed this the other day. Looks great in my opinion. I don’t agree with Stanhope much, but this is much better than installing some crappy public artwork. I just hope they last. I can see these things being torn down by drunken idiots in the not too distant future.

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