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Moss graf­fi­ti and mind­ful­ness – a chat with land­s­cape archi­tect Roland Dunzendorfer

The most mesmerizing and fascinating things often are the ones you'd least expect, managing to link otherwise separated fields and create new ideas and perspectives in the process. Like moss and graffiti.

Yes, you read that right. Brought tog­e­ther by Vien­nese land­s­cape archi­tect and artist Roland Dun­zen­dor­fer the plant and the art form recent­ly col­li­ded in the shape of our beloved glas­ses, which Roland put up all around Vien­na’s Neu­bau neigh­bor­hood, crea­ting striking yet sus­tainab­le graf­fi­ti in a never befo­re seen way.

Being a natu­re lover and sus­taina­bi­li­ty advo­ca­te for qui­te some time now, Roland made it his mis­si­on to edu­ca­te all of us about the dif­fe­rent ways we can start living a more con­scious life­style. He fre­quent­ly wri­tes about his pro­gress on rai­sing awa­reness for the alar­ming sta­te of our pla­net on his web­site and also is one of the foun­ders of Colear­ning Wien, a school and cowor­king space offe­ring alter­na­ti­ve work­shops and clas­ses for child­ren and teenagers.

With his con­stant stri­ve to make the world a more sus­tainab­le and inno­va­ti­ve place, we thought it be best to let Roland hims­elf tell us all about his moss graf­fi­ti guer­ril­la pro­ject and how we can achie­ve making the world a gree­ner, art­sier place.

How did you come up with the idea to fuse moss and graf­fi­ti?
I real­ly like graf­fi­ti, at least when they are aes­the­ti­cal­ly plea­sing. But I never agreed with the che­mi­cals in the colors used and how graf­fi­ti des­troys the buil­ding under­ne­ath. One day while I was wal­king along Donau­ka­nal in Vien­na I noti­ced a new kind of graf­fi­to that was much more in line with my princi­ples: made out of moss. I then rese­ar­ched inst­ruc­tions for doing a moss-graf­fi­to, quick­ly also came up with my own inst­ruc­tion, and was even approa­ched by an agen­cy to deve­lop a moss-graf­fi­to – and tha­t’s how ever­ything evolved.

Wha­t’s uni­que about working with moss? How did you mana­ge to get it into the shape of glas­ses?
Moss has a very spe­cial sur­face and feel, it’s soft yet strikin­gly robust and one of a kind when it comes to plants. With the shape, the­re aren’t real­ly any bounda­ries as long as you stay wit­hin a cer­tain height and width.

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Your mot­to is think glo­bal­ly, act local­ly”. What does this mean to you?
I have tra­vel­led qui­te a bit of the world and worked abroad a lot. While in other coun­tries I was always con­fron­ted with the same pro­blems and com­pa­nies, some of them even lin­king back to Aus­tria. So I deci­ded that if I want to chan­ge some­thing it pro­bab­ly is best to start right at the ori­gin. Focu­sing on your local area is espe­cial­ly rewar­ding as you immedia­te­ly see the chan­ges. Still, you should never loo­se sight of the big­ger pic­tu­re and what needs to hap­pen globally.

How does one mana­ge to achie­ve that chan­ge – more sus­taina­bi­li­ty and gree­n­e­ry in their immedia­te envi­ron­ment? Espe­cial­ly in cities?
The­re are count­less pos­si­bi­li­ties. The most com­mon actions pro­bab­ly are to sepa­ra­te your trash, to use your bike ins­tead of the car, and to put or plant gree­n­e­ry onto your win­dows­ill or in your front gar­den. But tha­t’s just the start: I, for examp­le, am not pro­du­cing any more kit­chen slops, as I put them into an Boka­shi and then trash them on a com­post pile. I also hel­ped set up a food coope­ra­ti­ve whe­re you can source gro­ce­ries direct­ly from the pro­du­cers in your regi­on. Apart from that I try not to tra­vel by pla­ne and only buy high qua­li­ty, fair­ly pro­du­ced clothes that don’t get out of sea­son after a few months.

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Which tips do you gene­ral­ly have for living a more sus­tainab­le, awa­re life?
I think we should lis­ten to our gut fee­ling way more. If you go to the super­mar­ket and buy gro­ce­ries that have been packa­ged three times and pro­bab­ly still be good to eat two weeks after their said expi­ra­ti­on date, you’­re most cer­tain­ly going to have a weird fee­ling about that. It’s all about thin­king logi­cal­ly and rea­li­zing that some­thing just can’t be right with the way we con­su­me. If you buy a t‑shirt for just five Euros that a stres­sed woman is hec­ti­cal­ly thro­wing into a bag at the cash out you’­re pro­bab­ly going to have a qui­te simi­lar fee­ling to the one in the super­mar­ket. All of us are noti­cing that fee­ling but we’­re so used to it that we think the­re pro­bab­ly isn’t any other way. And that is wrong.

What is the most important thing about sus­taina­bi­li­ty?
Sim­ply that it’s won­der­ful. We have a gre­at pla­net pro­vi­ding ever­ything we need, with a con­stant sup­ply. Just look at the blossoms during spring time. The only thing we need to do to main­tain that cycle is to not des­troy our pla­net. Sounds qui­te easy, does­n’t it?

What do you hope for the work you do in the future?
I think the time of action has final­ly come. The pioneers of the move­ment have done ama­zing work, and still do. Now it’s up to all of us to make use of that. 20 years ago my ide­as were cal­led cra­zy. Today, a lot of tho­se have alrea­dy found their way into the main­stream. Gar­de­ning though living in a city for examp­le. The cur­rent time is a lot of fun, actual­ly, becau­se I don’t have to secret­ly fol­low my ide­as any­mo­re. But of cour­se I’m alrea­dy working on new ones.

15 Mai 2017 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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