Team: Dr Cristian Suau + Dr Christine Switzer + Amanda Currie
Authors: Cristian Suau
Location: Glasgow, UK
Type: phytoremediation, landscape, garden
Building system: soil bags, sunflower seeds
Sponsors: University of Strathclyde, Green Glasgow 2015 and Glasgow City Council
YELLOWFIELD is a temporary landart and landscape initiative. It is creating environmental awareness and debate on smart and sustainable ideas, through the transformation of a brownfield site into ecologically productive land. This project aims to reanimate future brownfield sites: from Brown to Green.
YELLOWFIELD started on the 1st of May 2015 with the planting of 200 sunflower seedlings and it will complete once the plants have past their annual lifespan.
The main focus point for discussion is the promotion of Phytoremediation in the urban environment. Sunflowers are a very effective plant for cleaning soils contaminated with industrial waste. It is being seen around the world as a clean, cost effective and environmentally friendly way to reclaim and reuse land. Sunflowers are being used because of their quick growth and size and their visual appeal. The sunflowers take in the toxins from the soil as they would nutrients, at the end of the year’s growth the plant is removed from the site and destroyed.
The project is a pioneering initiative which performs as a catalyst for community actions; produces an improvement in the aesthetics and rebrands stigmatised residential areas; contributes to the green infrastructure of the city; and generates safe public places for local dwellers.