What is The Fargo Project?
The Fargo Project is intended to activate a collective creative agency.LEARN MORE
World Common Gardens
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The Fargo Project’s first installation is the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park to transform a neighborhood storm water basin into an ecological commons, a greenspace that reflects the cultural vibrancy of the Fargo community. The Fargo Project’s first installation is the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park to transform a neighborhood storm water basin into an ecological commons, a greenspace that reflects the cultural vibrancy of the Fargo community.Learn more…
ACRES OF LAND
CULTURES COMING TOGETHER
The effort is made possible through partnerships with ecological artist Jackie Brookner (1945-2015) and funding from ArtPlace America, the City of Fargo, Fargo Park District, The Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town, and the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund.
The new vision for the site considers the surrounding communities, the traffic patterns, rainfall events, and the Rabanus park amenities to provide neighborhood connectivity, water-quality improvement, continued flood control, and beauty to benefit the community.
Always Remembered. Never Forgotten.
Jackie Brookner, Lead Artist (1945-2015)
Fargo Project Lead & Ecological Artist
Jackie Brookner brought 20 years experience as a socially engaged ecological artist to The Fargo Project. Her body of work unites plant-based water remediation for parks, rivers, and wetlands with habitat restoration, landscape sculpture, and active community collaboration. Her projects demonstrate how undervalued water resources can be reclaimed to create evocative public places that connect people with natural systems and are grounded in aesthetic understandings developed throughout Brookner’s 40 year practice as a sculptor. Her whole-systems approach activates nodal points where social, cultural and ecological revitalization meet. Brookner’s works can be found in Finland and Germany, and in the United States in Ohio, Washington, Idaho, Florida, California, and Missouri. Brookner published and lectured internationally linking sustainable cities, water, expanded art practice and global ecological urgency. Jackie passed away May 15, 2015.
What Our Partners Say
The Fargo Project Project has many partners, this is what just a few of them have to say.Take a look at our partners!
“It’s an honor to be a part of this process for such a good community and ecological mission. Our students are a now a part of a different type of creativity – the re-envisioning of community spaces and utility – that may have a lasting impact on our community for hundreds of years.”
Graphic CommunicationsAssistant Professor
“What excites me about the Fargo Project is there are so many different parts coming together. There is the natural play area. There is the cultural component bringing in a lot of new Americans in the area, as well as reusing this basin which has pretty much been dead space”.
Natural Resource Science Assistant Professor
“There are some really exciting and interesting things going on here, this idea of a natural playground. That becomes a little bit more difficult to maintain than a plastic playground. I hope that people take ownership and that it can be sustained for a very long time.”