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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 May 2017 · neubau eyewear
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