Automatic Garden

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

In collaboration with Johanna Werschnig



The old railway bridge over Drava and Gurk in Carinthia will lose its function when a high speed line gets built and cuts off the existing line.

Linear movements dominate the soon-to-be-abandoned site: railways, pedestrian paths, and rivers. We deviated those imaginary lines to generate surface – inspired by knitting and weaving machines. Our material are carefully selected plants, which make this “knitted surface” a garden. Its growth and blossoming rhythms are creating a continuously changing environment. Self-regulating mechanisms, such as seeding, watering, fertilizing and cutting, are operating on railway cars – the Gardeners.


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