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Breaching Boundaries

If the boundary of a space is breached, can new perspectives be found?
Last week during the rain storm my roof began to leak. This has happened many times before. As the rain cascaded through the ceiling, while arranging five different containers,something occurred to me. The external weather had made my indoor space appear to have the characteristics of an outdoor space. A boundary had been breached, the inundation of water gave the impression that it was raining indoors.
The rain reminded me of the ability of the natural to cross over into the human built space. I must admit, I’d rather the rain didn’t pour through my ceiling. Though there are times when I take a secret pleasure at the natural world’s success in breaching built space.
When I’m walking down a street and see a plant that has forced its way through slabs of paving stone, despite the council’s best efforts with a barrage of weed killer being sprayed over our streets. The plant has found a way to reach the light. When I see plants that appear to be growing out of a wall or a Buddleia tree existing on inhospitable land, I smile inside.
I had the same feeling when visiting The Fact Garden for the first time. Jennifer has created and nurtured a green oasis that produces food. A pleasure is taken by the visitor at the sight of pots of green life that now fill the space.
As I looked out across the vista of the city, I imagined what it would be like to see greenery on every flat rooftop. It is not only about breaching the boundary from concrete roof to garden, it is also about crossing the mental boundary between what a city is at present and what it could be in the future.
It would seem that The Fact Garden at least offers a sense of possibility for other city dwellers to think about.
I hope to write more about the breaching of boundaries of certain types of space and hopefully to get my roof fixed.

Mark