In the foyer at the Fries Museum, several edible plants grow in water tanks. They float on sweet or salt water and receive various different colours of light as nutrition. Through this installation, artists’ collective De Onkruidenier (The Weedmonger) asks questions about the evolution of nature and humanity.
Their long-term research began in 2015 under the name Sweet – Sweat, which in Frysk (Frisian) translates to Swiet – Swit. Theirs is a quest to discover the interconnection between sweet and salt in our bodies and in our landscape. But what happens when we humans adapt to a landscape that is becoming increasingly wet and briny?
You can see the results at the Fries Museum. How do plants adapt to an environment that is becoming more briny? How does the colour of light affect a plant’s growth? The À la campagne exhibition shows how French light affects the landscape, the colours and the artists. De Onkruidenier demonstrates how light and colour influence the cultivation of crops.