Art Produce Garden was awarded the 2011 “Orchid” in Sustainable Design by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. The 2009 "Orchid" award for public art went to Art Produce Gallery. This is the 5th “Orchid” for work by Stone Paper Scissors!
2011 Orchids & Onions jury comments:
Art Produce, as a creative space, is a dynamic work‐in‐progress that is constantly evolving. The most recent phase of development has effectively harnessed an underutilized outdoor area to create an engaging communal space in an urban environment, thus achieving what the jury described as a type of “organic sustainability,” serving to enhance the neighborhood. A private, non‐descript parking lot has been transformed into a community gathering space that includes an edible garden, urban orchard, and an outdoor classroom that offers film screenings, performances, workshops, cooking classes, a farmers food exchange and other community events. As the jury noted, “With regards to sustainable design, we have moved beyond LEED ratings; any decent building should automatically be LEED Gold. However, a Sustainability Orchid should be reserved only for those projects that actually take the idea someplace new.” Art Produce does just that in a simple yet powerful way; the project creates a practical template for how to successfully activate a simple urban space in a way that benefits the entire community.