Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank, Johannesburg
In line with the need to enhance urban biodiversity, this is a green wall or vertical garden with a marked difference; a meaningful experimental project which is being championed by the developers of The Art Mile, Tomorrowco.
The Gro-wall is planted solely with plants from a highly threatened veld type endemic to Gauteng, Egoli Granite Grassland. In days gone by, prior to urbanisation, this area of Rosebank would have been covered in this veld type.
Landscape architect and urban designer Charldon Wilken of Fieldworks Design Group comments that this intriguing wall has already “taken on a personality of its own”. It will continue to change character throughout the year and over the years. Seasonal changes are an important aspect of the wall from an ecological and aesthetic perspective.
The wall is designed and planted to reflect the appearance and biodiversity value of this endangered veld type; and is in keeping with the innovative concept of the Art Mile which reflects a lifestyle centered around art.
Client: Tomorrowco (Anton Taljaard and Estelle van Kerkhoofen)
Landscape architects: Fieldworks Design Group (Charldon Wilken and team)
Landscape contractors: Life Landscapes (Oscar Lockwood, Greg Martin and team)
Consultant and plant supplier: Wildflower Nursery (Johan and Annette Wentzel)
Steel sub-contractors: AshNAdd and Africa United
Suppliers of Gro-Wall: Pula Water Systems
Supplier of potting soil: Turfnet
Text and Photographs by Carol Knoll