Cécile Espinasse

Department: Food Non Food


What: Creative interventions to raise the status and public profile of those who maintain urban plants and parks.

Why: It’s as if the people who tend the city’s gardens are invisible, Cécile Espinasse noticed. Yet, they make an important contribution to the community. With their gardening know-how, they can add even more value if locals engage with them.

How: Dutch company Ergon employs those with physical and mental disabilities in public maintenance. Cecile spent time with the Eindhoven company as an artist-in-residence. Her redesigned uniforms, school workshops and exhibition all invite more interaction with the ‘green experts’ in our midst, giving them a greater sense of pride.

"It’s all about opening up conversations and creating new connections"

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Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Iris Rijskamp