In 2017 the house of the dragon (CASAdelDRAGON) hosted groups between 10 and 25 members, mostly students form german universities.
In summer 2018 we organize a summer camp with 35 students from a german high school from Halle (Saale) and we will welcome also all teachers and children from the local primary school of our village Cervera del Maestre for some activities in the garden.
The summer camp will take place in the color garden area – also the campus of UNIIE (free university of informal education) – and therefore we are planning modular services, toilets and showers.
This is a typical sample of our way to grow and develop the space. Together with members, helpers and wwoofers we will create this new infrastructure in the first days of june 2018.
Part of this installation will be a solar water heater system (for the shower and hot water also for the open kitchen). Also we will implement a waste water deposit. This deposit is an important part of our general waste water management strategy. To develop a nice and sustainable garden we focus on recycling and reusing of ressources.
Also a urine (pie) deposit will part of this installation. We will mix it (1:8) with rain water to poor the fruit trees in lower levels.
The design is based on 100 x 120 cm pallets – which we get from the industry. Even this material will be used as a basement and for walls and roofs of the installation.
To use as many as possible third parties trash and waste – which is indeed a big ressource for our community – will help to develop a powerful way for sustainable solutions.
In the beginning of the color garden project we managed around 3 ha land and started with cleaning the first stone walls and implementing the first raised beds. After some years we added time by time new installations and “features” in the bio garden, the sculpture garden or even inside the social area near the open kitchen.
At the same time we had more and more visitors and guests, in october 2017 first time students from the biology department of the MLU Halle (Saale) Germany. Later in spring 2018 we welcomed again students from Halle, first from the “Burg Giebichenstein (art university)” and later new students from the MLU Halle (Saale). They where interested in aquaponics and in management of natural resources. More and more it became usefull to establish a system of sign posts in the garden to route the visitors between all the different locations.
In spring 2018 we expanded the area up to more than 8 ha and we placed new signposts in crossings and important places.
Also we liked to play a little bit with the words and wrapped some of the targets in an artistic linguistic way.
The choice of Hercules pointed out an area where we are able to accommodate horses or donkeys. But the place is also linked to a powerful and important decission of Clara related to the horse project. We liked to underline this powerful decission of her and we will remember it linked to another famous decission in the greec mythology, the choice of Hercules. By the way, we like classical music too.
Martina Unterharnscheid was in eastern 2017 a guest in the artist residence CASAdelDRAGON and did some “ecoprints” with fig and olive leafs of the color garden.
The famos german artist and art promotor in the EIFEL – region in germany was working a second time in the residence. As part of her investigation she collected different wood, plants leafs and other organic material. As part of the UNIIE activities she will offer workshops and classes in the future.
We finished the first arrows of the signpost in the sculpture garden and mounted them. As a remark from Mihaela from Lugoj, that are exactly the colors of the romanian flag. So welcome Mihaela :).
In the next days we will complete the installation with arrows to Martha´s home, the german home unit of Familiafeliz group EL-DRAC. If you want to be part of the project check this page and mount your own signpost.
We mounted a second signpost in the garden of LA SENIETA – the bio garden refugium of Clara. The signpost will host some links to the familiafeliz destinations and Clara will add some new locations of friends working in the field of permaculture, bio gardening, medicinal plants and social cultural projects like the color garden or the artist residence CASAdelDRAGON.
Do you want to mount your own signpost? Here is the form to calculate distance and direction.
We created the second step to the entrance of the sculpture garden. First we prepared the cladding, then we supported it with a ring of heavy stones. Inside we places some nice natural stones and mortar.
The rest of the step we filled with little stones and concrete.
After waiting 4 hours we unmounted the cladding and we did the finish of the natural stone wall.
One aspect of the color garden is, to realize a premanent exhibition area for landart and sculptures and installations. To enter the garden, each visitor has to reach the different levels in the garden. We started with a first step. And we imagine, it will be the first of 1.000 steps…
Rebecca asked how long it will take to create one step. We calculated 8 hours of working (moving material, mounting, the finish, mosaic on top). So we are in front of 8.000 hours ahead…