carpentry work - living wall 00 - prototype
UW-Milwaukee: SARUP Living Wall
V_2.0 -- Managed by Renee Frederick + John Taylor Gorski
V_1.0 -- Managed by NJ Unaka
UW-Milwaukee: School of Architecture + Urban Planning
UW-Milwaukee: Office of Sustainability
UW-Milwaukee: Conservation Club
The first iteration of the living wall was crafted in part by a summertime program for high school children to get together and make something exciting and engaging. Although the wall had created quite the name for itself upon completion it fell into disrepair and, without proper maintenance, most if not all of the plants were dying. The water delivery system was flawed and little was done in regards of upkeep and care.
An effort was made to try and revitalize the project by removing the dirt based plant system and creating a uniquely water based system. Specialized plants were selected and the wall was partially disassembled and repainted to help distinguish it from the old iteration. The water delivery system was corrected to substantially greater success. Plants were kept in reclaimed wine bottles and were watered from a timer system.
After a few years of service the UW-Milwaukee: School of Architecture and Urban Planning, where the living wall was kept, had the wall dismantled and the surviving plants were divided up among those who wanted them.
John Taylor (Jt) Gorski