Dundee Urban Orchard

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Art-Science Orchard

Students from Dundee and Angus College with Kate Traherne, DCC's new communities allotment officer.

Students from Dundee and Angus College with Kate Traherne, DCC’s new Community Allotment officer, helping to plant DUO’s Art-Science Orchard, 28.10.14.

The Art-Science Orchard is part of DUO’s city-wide network of 25 orchards, all of which recognise the importance of food sustainability.

The Art-Science Orchard was designed as a collaborative platform to be used by Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and Dundee Science Centre (DSC) for various cultural and educational events – thus highlighting the complementary and contrasting ways in which art and science can inform our understanding of the triple crisis of climate change, peak oil and food scarcity.

The design for the Art-Science Orchard grew out of a series of public workshops at DCA, DSC and Dundee Flower and Food Festival in 2013. DUO worked closely with other interested parties including Dundee City Council, Bonnie Dundee, and Fifex, a Tayport-based company, to realise the design.

Working with Fifex - Ken, Paul and Keiron - and DSC staff - Sandy, John and Gary - to install the Art-Science Orchard, 06.10.14.

Working with Fifex – Ken, Paul and Keiron – and DSC staff – Sandy, John and Gary – to install the Art-Science Orchard, 06.10.14.

The design brief included a mobile modular structure (to be moved with a pallet lifter), sufficient cubic capacity for 7 fruit trees and complementary planting, reference to the Fibonacci series – a design element embedded within the existing piazza and a common point of reference for both art and science – wind-sheltered seating, and a small stage area for speakers, poets and musicians. The artists also wanted to retain a DIY aesthetic to emphasise the grassroots nature of their activity.

The Art-Science Orchard and complementary planting is maintained by Bonnie Dundee in collaboration with DCA and DSC. Information about the fruit trees and complementary planting – including edible plants – can be found on location.

Isaac Newton's apple tree - one of eight trees planted in the Art-Science Orchard

Isaac Newton’s Tree – one of seven apple trees planted in the Art-Science Orchard. (Temporary signage – to be washed away by the rain.)

Updates about DCA and DSC’s various cultural and education programmes can be found on their respective websites. If you’d like to know more about Bonnie Dundee and how to get involved in their care of the Art-Science Orchard please send DUO an email.