A piñata as a gardening tool and reason for play.
Learning from my experiments and the people I have met with in the past seven weeks has influenced amendments in my own thinking. Reacurring subjects of focus have been community, investment, the definition and purpose of art, why, how and where we garden and the perhaps undervalued benefits of those processes.
The results of my cumulative experiences sprouted the concept for this project.
My intension was to engage a community of gardeners, by using this Tool and Toy as a ceremonial vessel for planting and a way of bringing people together and connecting them to the earth.
How it is used
At the start of spring a community would gather.
Each person bringing a selection of seeds they wished to plant and emptying them into the piñata.
Over fertile soil, the gardeners would play the piñata game; each individual taking a turn at trying to break the seal on the piñata, by hitting it with a bat, end of a gardening tool or other strong lengthy device.
At the seal’s breaking the variety of seeds would be sporadically distributed into the soil.
As the seeds grow and all parties tend the grounds, the investment in each inch of the garden is shared. The unknown location of where each person’s selection of seeds lay brings the community together, through shared naïve curiosity and a common goal.
The idea of incorporating Play and Chores, Toys and Tools interests me.
Just as one man’s tool is another man’s toy, one man’s failures could be another’s ever giving fruit.