The signing of the memorandum, start of ParkLab project and presentation of new art projects became part of “Crimean Spring” in the park.
Director of the Nikitsky Botanical Garden Yuri Plugatar and Director of Zaryadye Park Ivan Demidov signed a memorandum of cooperation in the frames of ParkLab project. The agreement, which implies joint work on projects, the exchange of expert experience and professional advice from specialists, was the next step for the park on the way to large-scale “green” renovations.
“We are starting to actively develop the “green life”, we even go to the parking lot, hoping to make the world's first eco-parking, to put earth and plants there, to attract artists. If last year we devoted our work mainly to exhibition activities, this year we are giving way to nature,” said Ivan Demidov, the director of Zaryadye Park.
The Nikitsky Botanical Gardens donated more than 30 plants from its collection to Zaryadye. While it is cold outside, they were placed in special transparent structures. There are savin juniper, common yew, magnolia grandiflora, aucuba japonica and others — you can see the Crimean endemics under Glass Crust.
“Zaryadye is the youngest, most progressive and high-tech park, and the Nikitsky Botanical Garden has a rich history of 200 years, a colossal experience. We believe that we have great prospects for cooperation on environmental education, biodiversity conservation and popularization of science,” said Svetlana Plugatar, head of the department of dendrology, floriculture and landscape architecture of the Nikitsky Botanical Garden.
A new art object “Spinned Up-Began!” Was also presented Under Glass Crust. The installation was created by site-specific artist Marina Zvyagintseva specially for the park. It is mobile and it will appear in the parts of Zaryadye park that are being reconstructed.
“Here is the work of gardeners, the work of constructors — they come together to create a meditative environment where we can rest. The park is a place for meditation, and spinners help us to fall into a state of relaxation, ” said Marina Zvyagintseva about her work.
Marina Zvyagintseva also presented the project of the future mobile garden for Zaryadye, which, in her opinion, embodies the human need for saturation with nature.
“Crimean Spring” at Zaryadye continues with the exhibition “Crimea. History”, which introduces the history of the peninsula development from the end of the 18th to the middle of the 20th century. The exposition is presented in Underground Museum, admission is free, but you need to register on the website or get a free ticket at the interactive terminals of the park.