In 2008 Elisa Bollazzi promoted the so-called Art sowings, parcels of land cultivated with art, with valuable micro-particles of artworks whose titles clearly show the selection criteria adopted: Albero di 3 metri, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone, Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi, The Garden, 2008, Paul McCarthy, Phosphorescent Yellow Roses. Woody, Jeanne Silverthorne, and so on.

Benches or chairs are set near the areas for the public to sit and wait for an utopic art-garden to grow in a thought-provoking space, a meeting point, where the work of art starts a process that changes the way we look at the “art system”. It is a beneficial wait that stimulates creativity in the contemplation of a growing art garden.

in 2011 Elisa Bollazzi started the so-called Art sowings on demand by sending valuable art-particles to Microcollection supporters, artists, friends all over the world to be planted and looked after for ever.

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21 April 2018

Art sowing: 3-meter Tree, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone

NoPlace4
Ex Ceramiche Vaccari
Santo Stefano di Magra, Italy

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17 February 2018

Art Sowing: 3-metre Tree, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone
KCC Kunsthallecc
Castello Cabiaglio, VA
Italy

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25-26 November 2017



Art sowing: Italian Art, 2017
Festival Non-Aligné(é)s
La Générale
Paris, France

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8 April 2017

Art sowing: Phosphorescent yellow roses. Woody, 2009, Jeanne Silverthorne
Noi piantiamo gli alberi e gli alberi piantano noi
curated by La Casaforte SB
a practice of planting trees with Microcollection art fragments in their roots
under the patronate of Fondazione Donnaregina, Museo Madre, Naples
Largo Baracche, Quartieri Spagnoli, Naples, Italy

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17 Decembre 2016
Art sowing: Albero del paradiso, 1972, Gino Marotta
Noi Piantiamo Gli Alberi e Gli Alberi Piantano Noi
curated by La Casaforte SB
a practice of planting trees with Microcollection art fragments in their roots
under the patronate of Fondazione Donnaregina, Museo Madre, Naples
Quartieri Spagnoli, Naples, Italy

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17 settembre 2016

49° edizione del Premio Suzzara
NoPlace.Space progetto vincitore del Premio
Suzzara, MN

Galleria del Premio Garden

Art sowing:
3-metre Tree,1988-89, Giuseppe Penone
7-metre Tree,1980-82, Giuseppe Penone

Centro culturale Piazzalunga Garden


Art sowing:
Fungo, 2012, Stefano Venezia
Il giardino dei fiori dimenticati, 1992, Riccardo Paracchini
500gr di vegetali scaduti=20gr di Fopo, 2016, Denise Bresciani

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6 August 2016

Art Sowing on demand: Le Lilas des Hindes, 2011, Hubert Renard
curated by Natalie Anastasiou and Chel André Logan
Tate Britain
London

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6-16 May 2016
Susak Expo 2016

Art sowing: Gardens, 2016
Colza garden, 2016, Yari Miele
Darwin’s garden, 2011, Emanuela Biancuzzi
Garden, 2008, Cesare Biratoni
Hidden garden, 2009, Antonio O’Connell
The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy
The naked Garden, 2008, Reinhard Kropf & Siv Helene Stangeland

Art sowing: Miscellany, 2016
Fungo, 2012, Stefano Venezia
La framboise/The raspberry, 2013, Jean-françois Demeure
Phosphorescent yellow roses. Woody, 2009, Jeanne Silverthorne
Rosa Americana, 2009, Luca Scarabelli
Salade, 2013, Olga Theuriet
Water Violet, 2010, Manuela Martines
Wild Garlic, 2011, Ermanno Cristini

Susak Expo 2016
Susak

Palača Fritzy, Museum of Mali Lošinj

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15-17 April 2016

Microcollection micro residence

Art sowing: Italian artists, 2016
Giardino, 2008, Cesare Biratoni
Bar Edera/Ivy Bar, 2011, Giancarlo Norese
Albero di 7 metri, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Albero del paradiso, 1972, Gino Marotta
Angurie/Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Aglio selvatico/Wild Garlic, 2011, Ermanno Cristini

Abitare un ritardo / Ermanno Cristini and Giancarlo Norese
Progr
Bern, Switzerland

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17 March 2016

Sprouting box: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
STUDI FESTIVAL #2
EMPATEMA
curated by Alberto Mugnaini, Corrado Levi and Yari Miele
Milan, Italy

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16 March 2016

Art sowing: 7000 oaks, Joseph Beuys
Noi piantiamo gli alberi e gli alberi piantano noi
curated by La Casaforte SB
matronage Fondazione Donnaregina
MANN Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy

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12 March 2016

Sprouting box: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Art sowing: 3-metre Tree, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone
NO PLACE 2
Castello di Fombio, Italy

article

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9 October 2015

Art sowing: Le lilas des Indes, 2011, Hubert Renard
Brugherio, Italy

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23-31 July 2015

Late season Art sowing, 2015
Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Paradise Tree, 1972, Gino Marotta
7-metre Tree, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Le lilas des Indes, 2011, Hubert Renard
Hidden Garden, 2009, Antonio O’Connell
The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy

OASIS-CONTEMPORARYARTPERFORMANCE
curated by Laure Keyrouz
New Centro di Arte Contemporanea ZACC
Villa della Zonca Garden
Arcade, Italy

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11 April 2015

Art sowing: Petit Swiss
Albero diametro 22, 2015, Veronica Tanzi
Alga Alimenia, Halymenia Dichotoma, 2015, Miki Tallone
Asphaltflowers, 2014, Anna Kanai
Brainflower, 2014, Zeljka Marušić
Divine pine, 2011, Mirjam Wanner
It is not intended to be anything but a tree to be seen, 2015, Hektor Mamet
Lavender, 2014, Erica Diazoni
Radici, 2015, Aglaia Haritz
Tree of the knowledge of good only, 2015, Cetusss
curated by Elisa Bollazzi in collaboration with Hubert Renard

Merkur Garten
Zurich, Switzerland

pressrelease
Guide Legrand: review of the buffet
photo dossier

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28 February 2015

Art sowing on demand: Phosphorescent yellow roses. Woody, 2009, Jeanne Silverthorne
curated by Manuela Martines
Porta Nuova, Milan, Italy
a contribution of Microcollection to the artwork Wheatfield by Agnes Denes promoted by Fondazione Riccardo Catella, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and Confagricoltura, curated by Massimiliano Gioni
Expo 2015
Milan, Italy
photo dossier

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12 January 2015

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Neno Belchev
Varna, Bulgaria

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19 December 2014

Art sowing on demand: 3-metre Tree, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone
curated by Valentina Colella, Fortunata Titta Calabrò and Suzana Queiroga
Espacio Unzue
Mar Del Plata, Argentina
photo dossier

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13 December 2014

Art sowing: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
in collaboration with La Casaforte SB
Piazzetta Trinità degli Spagnoli, 4
Naples, Italy

photo dossier

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27 September 2014

Art sowing: Paradise Tree, 1972, Gino Marotta
curated by Elisa Bollazzi
Villa Baragiola, Varese, Italy

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11 September 2014

Art sowing: 3-meter Tree, 1986-89, Giuseppe Penone
Beirut Art Center
curated by Hana Krenkova and Marco Crotti
on the occasion of the solo show of Giuseppe Penone, titled Breath is a Sculpture
photo dossier

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3-20 July 2014

ZOOART 2014
Hubert Renard & Microcollection
Art Breeding Ground
Giardini Fresia
Cuneo, Italy

blog by Domenico Olivero
Vincent Romaniello’s Blog, NYC
photo dossier

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14 June 2014

Art sowing: 7-metre Tree, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Alpine Botanic Garden Vivione
Paisco Loveno, Italy

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2 March 2014

METTI IN CIRCOLO IL PITTORE

Guided tours to Art sowing: Italian Art
Albero di 3 metri, 1986-89, Giuseppe Penone
Albero di 7 metri, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Angurie, 1984, Piero Gilardi
The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy
Albero del Paradiso, 1972, Gino Marotta
Hidden Garden, 2009, Antonio O’Connell
guided tours conducted by Mattia Capelletti and Annamaria Guidi
Villa Gonzaga Gardens
Olgiate Olona, Italy

photo dossier

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1 March 2014
semina d'arte
DONNA è … ARTE
Art sowing: Women
China rose, 2008, Raffaella Bandera
Devi piegarti verso ciò che raccogli. Il seme gettato, 2012, Annamaria Di Giacomo e Stefania Zocco
L’albero segreto, 2010, Miriam Broggini
Water Violet, 1999, Manuela Martines
The naked Garden, 2008, Reinhard Kropf & Siv Helena Stangeland.
curated by Giovanna Massironi
organized by Eva Onlus Servizio Antiviolenza, Città di Busto Arsizio and C.A.S.A. Edizioni
Centro espositivo Tante Cose
Busto Arsizio, Italy
photo dossier

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4 October 2013

Art sowing:
Ricamo elettronico/Aconitum Napellus, 2011, Daniela Di Maro
Aglio selvatico, 2011, Ermanno Cristini
Albero del paradiso, 1972, Gino Marotta
Albero di 3 metri, 1986-89, Giuseppe Penone
Albero di 7 metri, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Angurie, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Crazy Beans, 2003, Gianni Caravaggio
Devi piegarti verso ciò che raccogli. Il seme gettato, 2012, Annamaria Di Giacomo & Stefania Zocco
Fractas Flowerfields, 2008, Line Bergseth
Fungo, 2012, Stefano Venezia
Giardino, 2008, Cesare Biratoni
La framboise, 2013, Jean-François Demeure
Le lilas des Indes, 2011, Hubert Renard
Post Human Garden, 2011, Maria Rebecca Ballestra
Phosphorescent Yellow Roses. Woody, 2009, Jeanne Silverthorne
Salade, 2013, OlgaTheuriet
curated by Elisa Bollazzi

Performa Festival
Visual Arts Section curated by Jean-Marie Reynier
La Fabbrica
Losone, Switzerland
photo dossier

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4 October 2013

Art sowing on demand:
THELOCACTUS (ODETTE / SEFORA), 2013, Ermanno Cristini
DENMOZA (IL BAGNO TURCO), 2013, Ermanno Cristini
ARIOCARPUS (CROCIFISSIONE DI COLMAR), 2013, Ermanno Cristini
OPHTHALMOPHYLLUM (OLYMPIA), 2013, Ermanno Cristini

curated by artist Patrizia Giambi
in PRIERE DE TOUCHER
Giulia Brivio, Ermanno Cristini, Patrizia Giambi, Microcollection
Spazio Novella Guerra / Annalisa Cattani
Imola, Italy
photo dossier

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22 September 2013

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Jonnie White
in the watermelon farm Point Farms
Biloela, Australia

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20 June 2013

Art sowing on demand: The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy
curated by artist Patrizia Giambi with the assistance of Ms. Sabrina Benvenuti. Photo by Pablo Diaco.

at the feet of a palm tree in the private garden of the Hostelworld, where the artist Patrizia Giambi took her residence during her Miami visiting and in honor of Paul McCarthy’s favourite matter and considering that dogs love shiting in the grass, Giambi thought that the artwork The Garden would grow well at the feet of the palm tree, making the Hostel more than a merely youth location into an art contemporary corner.

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25 May 2013

Art sowing on demandof 28 Microcollection art fragments
curated by Maria Rebecca Ballestra
Melin Glonc, Wales, UK

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21 April 2013

Art sowing on demand : Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Manuela Martines
Gioiosa Marea, Italy

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21 April 2013

Art sowing on demand : Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Manuela Martines
Gioiosa Marea, Italy

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17 March 2013

Art sowing: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Botanic Garden, Limoges
France

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16 March 2013

Art sowing: Jeunes Pousses d’Italie :
Aglio selvatico, 2011, Ermanno Cristini
Albero del paradiso, 1974, Gino Marotta
Albero di 7 metri, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Alghe marine, 1999, Sergio Racanati
Anastatica sensibile, 2011, Daniela Di Maro
Angurie, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Bar edera, 2011, Giancarlo Norese
Crazy Beans, 2003, Gianni Caravaggio
Post Human Garden, 2011, Maria Rebecca Ballestra
Semi misteriosi, 2011, Ettore Favini

Hubert Renard & Microcollection
Jeunes pousses d’Italie
curated by Hubert Renard

pressrelease
CDLA blog
Interview/video
Vincent Romaniello’s Blog, NYC

CDLA Centre des livres d’artistes
Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche, France

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February 2013

Art sowing on demand: 3-metre Tree, 1986-89, Giuseppe Penone
curated by Maria Rebecca Ballestra
Golfo del Papayago
Costa Rica

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12 January 2013

Art sowing on demand : 3-metre Tree, 1986-89, Giuseppe Penone
curated by Stefano Lupatini and Luciano Pea
Spazio Pachiderma
Brescia, Italy

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20 December 2012

Art sowing: 3-metre Tree, 1986-89, Giuseppe Penone
together with a Carrubo Ceratonia Siliqua
curated by La Casaforte SB
piazzetta Trinità degli Spagnoli
Naples, Italy

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15 September 2012

Art sowing: group show
curated by Microcollection
Arspolis 2
via Lavizzari, via Canonica
Lugano, Switzerland

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15 August 2012
a cura di Maria Rebecca Ballestra il 15 August 2012
Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Maria Rebecca Ballestra
Journey into Fragility
on top of a mountain in a bamboo forest
near FuYang, China

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14 July 2012

Art sowing: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Microcollection
Albume Project by Stefano Venezia
Giardini Fresia, Cuneo, Italy

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10 July 2012

Art sowing: Flowerfields, 2008, Line Bergseth
curated by Microcollection
Parco del Museo del Tessile
Busto Arsizio, Italy
video by M. Giovanna Massironi

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26 June 2012

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Art sowing at Fridericianum in front of “indignati” in Kassel
curated by Daniela Di Maro
photo by Domenico Di Martino
Documenta13
Kassel, Germany

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21 April 2012

Art sowing: 3-metre Tree, 1984, Giuseppe Penone
FuoriSarpi
in the flowerbeds in China Town
Milan, Italy

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31 March 2012

Art sowing:
Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
3-meter Tree, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone
7-meter Tree, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Hidden Garden, 2009, Antonio O’Connell
The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy
Paradise Tree, 1972, Gino Marotta
curated by Microcollection
Palazzo Estense Gardens
Varese, Italy

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29 March 2012

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by FafaFineArtGallery
in a flower-pot at FafaFineArtGallery
Lugano, Switzerland

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11 March 2012

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Giancarlo Norese
along a path next to a wood in Tassarolo,
Italy

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6 mars 2012

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Hubert Renard
in a flower-pot in Paris

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22 February 2012

Art sowing: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Microcollection
Museo Maga Garden
Gallarate, Italy

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15 February 2012


Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Valeria Donnarumma and Giacomo Grandini
in a flower-pot
Ego Gallery
Lugano, Switzerland

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14 February 2012


Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Michele Mike Balmelli and Jean-Marie Reynier
in a flower-pot in The Reynier Mansion,
Pregassona, Switzerland

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12 January 2012

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Valentina Colella
in a flower-pot in Florence, Italy

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11 January 2012

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, by Piero Gilardi
curated by Roberto Pugina
in a flower-pot in Varese, Italy

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5 January 2012

Art sowing on demand:
Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy
curated by Chiara Lanfranchi and Ermanno Cristini
Villa Panza Garden, Varese, Italy

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31 December 2011

Art sowing on demand: Paradise Tree, 1972, Gino Marotta
curated by Mikayel Ohanjanyan
Mikayel Ohanjanyan’s garden
Reggello, Italy

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24 December 2011

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, by Piero Gilardi
curated by the Magazine Il Varesino
Garden Liala,
Varese, Italy

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12 December 2011

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Stefano Venezia and Emma Barale
Piedmont, Italy

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10th December 2011

Art sowing on demand: Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
curated by Fabio Montagnoli and Greta Bonsanti
Casorate Sempione, Italy

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29 November 2011

Art Sowing on demand: 3-metre Tree, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone
curated by Jean-Marie Reynier and Andréanne Oberson (Collectif Indigène)
Essertines sur Rolle, Switzerland

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26 November 2011

Art sowing on demand: Paradise Tree, 1972, Gino Marotta
curated by Armando Riva
Armando Riva’s garden
Occhieppo Inferiore, Italy

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November 2011

Art sowing on demand: The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy
curated by Veronica Tanzi
Caslano, Switzerland
then moved to Cureglia, Switzerland

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9 November 2011

Art sowing on demand: Mysterious seeds, 2011, Ettore Favini
curated by Elisa Vladilo

opposite Magazzino 26
Porto Vecchio
Trieste, Italy

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25 October 2011

Art Sowing: Vegetable Garden
Garlic selvatico, 2010, Ermanno Cristini
Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Crazy Beans, 2003, Gianni Caravaggio

Lisson Gallery garden
Milan, Italy

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17 September 2011

Art sowing: Mysterious Seeds, 2011, Ettore Favini
Galerie Carzaniga garden
Basel, Switzerland
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10-11 September 2011

Liberty Weekend 2011

Art sowing: Vegetable Garden
Wild Garlic, 2010, Ermanno Cristini
Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Crazy Beans, 2003, Gianni Caravaggio

Art sowing: Trees
7-metre Tree, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
3-metre Tree, 1988-89, Giuseppe Penone

Palace Grand Hotel
Varese, Italy

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22 May 2011

Art sowing: Dissemination T, 2008, Marion Baruch
Dissiparty
Morselli Garden
Gavirate, Italy

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24-25 April 2010

Art sowing: Waiting Flowerbed, 2010 group art sowing
Jerago Castle, Italy

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29 June 2009

Art Blitz

Art sowing:
Watermelons, 1984, Piero Gilardi
Crazy Beans, 2003, Gianni Caravaggio
3-metre Tree,1988-89, Giuseppe Penone
7-metre Tree, 1980-82, Giuseppe Penone
Paradise Tree, 1972, Gino Marotta

night time, somewhere in Busto Arsizio, Italy

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24 May 2008
Art sowing: The Garden, 1991-92, Paul McCarthy
green area opposite the museum Museion
Bozen, Italy