De Onkruidenier - Forever Summer
De Onkruidenier Forever Summer
Under the name De Onkruidenier, Dutch duo, Jonmar van Vlijmen (1980, NL) and Ronald Boer (1981, NL) explore the relationship between man and nature in a quasi-scientific and artistic way. In Forever Summer, the project set to feature this coming winter and spring, the tomato plays the lead role.
The project commenced earlier this year when little tomato plants were distributed to around 50 amateur and professional growers in Eindhoven. Since then, tomato plants of all kinds of colours and shapes have been growing in gardens, allotments and on balconies throughout the city.
Artistic and quasi-scientific research
In the meantime, with the help of experts, De Onkruidenier has been conducting research into the relationship between the museum climate and the best climate for growing tomatoes and storing the plant’s seeds. In addition, experiments are underway on creating printing ink using pigments from tomatoes. All aspects of the research and the results thereof will be shared in an inviting display in the form of an installation, screenprints and stories from those who participated at the museum’s open-air gallery, het Oog, and on the adjoining wall.