About 5 years after NIMBY moved to a new location in East Oakland I finally made it over there for a fundraiser and got to check out the space. The first thing I noticed that there there were plants everywhere and I was really surprised. Thinking about it now I’m not surprised at all. who better to create gardens from cast off junk than the founder of the largest do-it-yourself industrial art space in the Bay Area? The second thing i noticed was that they have an old metals twisty slide from a Mcdonalds and I WANT IT! Like, really want it. It could totally fit in our side yard and would be awesome.
Apparently it is very east to get cheap discarded hydroponic/pot grow house equipment like these huge trays:
Love the tree house going up in the background. I saw that out on the playa about a month later. :)
I counted about 5 big trays of food plants and many smaller pots scattered about. That’s a lot of fresh veggies to share!
And here are the beginnings of some aquaponics tanks. I think they could build a decent chicken coop on top of this that dogs would not be able to get in to. A sort of chicken condo, if you will.
Then there was this huge tank filled with beautiful glass sculptures, fish and plants used to a be a huge gas tank. I think? I could be remembering wrong, but either way, it was very pretty and soothing!
Industrial junk being turned to good use, whether for art or to grow food or to make a playground is always beautiful and inspiring!