Grey goes Green: adding colour to your community
The Sikkens Foundation has recently launched the Grey goes Green campaign together with the Piet Oudolf Groen in de Buurt (Green Community) Fund. The aim is to help people make their own neighbourhoods greener. The campaign dovetails with the presentation of the Sikkens Prize on October 2nd, 2022 to the garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf, celebrating his delightful and colourful gardens. Across the world, he has been transforming grey areas into green oases that appeal to the imagination.
The board of the Sikkens Foundation is awarding the Sikkens Prize 2022 to Piet Oudolf for his impressive contribution to the ‘colour experience’ of parks and gardens around the globe. From the Gardens of Remembrance and High Line in New York to London’s Camden High Line Park and the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, he has transformed inconspicuous areas of land into places of relaxation, inspiration and get-togethers.
From Hummelo, Piet Oudolf has developed a unique conception and style that is not only highly appreciated, but also eagerly imitated. Oudolf shows that discoloured plants, browns and other earthy tones are just as interesting as bright colours. Oudolf’s gardens offer a surprising and inspiring colour palette whatever season we might find ourselves in.
On October 2nd, the Sikkens Prize 2022 (representing EUR 25,000) will be awarded to Piet Oudolf at Voorlinden Museum. Piet Oudolf is donating the money to the Piet Oudolf Groen in de Buurt (Green Community) Fund, with the purpose of helping people realise their own greening projects.
Greening your community
The Sikkens Foundation, together with the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund, calls on everyone to join the Gray becomes Green initiative, transforming grey and uninspirational places in the city into green oases. For example, a granite playground for children, the vacant piece of land, the grey wall of a flat? Or do happen to have know the perfect spot for creating rooftop communal vegetable gardens or parks? Sign up your green project and stand a chance of having it financed. You can also participate if you are already working on a greening project.
About the Sikkens Prize
The Sikkens Prize is one of the oldest and independent prizes awarded in the Netherlands every few years by the Sikkens Foundation to artists, designers, architects, institutions or companies. With this unique and independent award, the foundation sheds light on the significance and impact of colour in society through the exceptional high-quality and groundbreaking and transformative work of the award winners. In 2022, the Sikkens Prize will be awarded to garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf.