At Mediamatic plants was sown in a 100 grow beds around the Biotoop in 2015. The grow beds had initially been placed there for several reasons. Part of the containers are part of Twijfel Zaaien, an art installation. Other grow beds are there for kitchen vegetables, some others ornamental. At some point, the containers were deteriorated. In this project these grow beds will be an educational exhibition for visitors. The main theme of the exhibition is the medicinal plants. A second part is to spark wonder. Wonder about specific plants. What are plants used for now and in the past? What happened that we have become so dissociated from our plants and nature?


Twijfel Zaaien installation at the Dijksgracht - The Twijfel Zaaien installation consists of 30 flower beds with questions about life and art.

December 2018

Nikita Lenssen and Diana Munteanu worked hard on creating a map for the growbeds.

Living Gallery (January 2019)

There was a moment when the project had the work title: Living Gallery, in case you are looking for older documents.

We asked Eveline Stilma from Innoplant to make a plan for the grow beds around Mediamatic. She wrote the following document which was edited by Diana Munteanu and Flavia Terzian (interns that were intensively working on the project at the time).

Icons, Drawings and First Plant Signs editions

Anaïs worked hard on designing the first plant signs and icons. There have been a lot of meetings to pick the right icons and 'blockprints' for the plants. Thierry took over from her with creating the drawings of the plants.

Leoniek Bontje

When the project shifted to the medicinal value of the plants, we needed to know what was growing around the Biotoop. With the help of Leoniek Bontje we identified more than 200 plants which you can find in the Plant data base.

Interns that were involved with the project

  • Diana Munteanu (... - Juli 2019)
  • Nikita Lenssen  (... - Juli 2019)
  • Anaïs Legros (... - August 2019)
  • Flavia Terzian (... - November 2019)
  • Sophia Schullan (... - January 2020)
  • Thierry Vrakking (... - now)