Main Project Inspiration: Shipping Pallet Garden

For past two weeks, I have been struggling to find inspiration for this project. While conversing with my mother, an artist by degree and trade, she mentioned edible art, as in art made of perishable food. Though this is a good idea, I don’t think it fits the criteria of this project. After bouncing ideas off each other, we converged on the idea of a planter or garden: a place where edible art is grown. I like the idea of reusing a wooden shipping pallet (or wood planks in the same shape) to house dirt, and have the plants grow through the openings. Similar to the rest of my projects, the aesthetic is organic and natural looking. To enhance the wood, I would stain it so its lighter and then use a wood burning tool to add details.


There are many different types of shipping pallet gardens, as well as ways of mounting or standing them. For example, leaning against a wall, as a table, or on the wall. These variations are seen in the photographs below. My intention for this project is to cut the shipping pallet in half, and add a hinge so that it can stand on its own. The main dynamic aspect of this project is it’s ability to house living organisms, but the addition of a hinge will allow it to move and be placed in a closet during the winter months. Also, using black chalk board paint, like in the image above, could add an additional interaction with the owner.

Additionally, there are different materials I could use instead of wooden shipping pallets that are equally as interesting. The orange pots that create wall art and house the plants is really intriguing but limits the ability to make the project dynamic.   

If you have any comments, concerns, or suggestions, please let me know 🙂 I look forward to reading them.

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  • Katie Gresh
    March 3, 2017 4:21 pm

    What a great idea! I like how your idea incorporates growing plants in an artistic way. If you need help with finding pallets, I will probably have an extra you can have.

  • Maxfield Scrimgeour
    March 1, 2017 10:01 pm

    I really like this idea of a repurposed indoor garden! The one with blackboard to label the plants is a really cool addition to the palate. I like how this is sort of a continuation of the upcycle project of repurposing some items for a different use than originally intended.


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