Fact: Might sound crazy but Darren came up with this idea independently of any knowledge of Guerrilla Gardening or even seed bombing! Imagine his surprise when he discovered that all his hard work actually had a movement he could participate in. This gave his product idea even more of a story, set the wheels in motion and gave Darren the drive he needed to make his design dream a reality. Serendipity at work!
“Good design, good ideas and narratives should come first, the eco-friendly part should exist anyway”
and so from that standpoint the concept of the Guerrilla Gardening Seedbom began.
Darren decided to look into the root of this apparent modern problem, the problem of modern (urbanized) cultures apparent disassociation with nature. The plan? To design a product that reconnected people with nature, even in a small way. To get people outside and create nature and colour in their cities for the benefit of everyone.
It was also extremely important to design products that weren’t going to end up in landfill someday. How do you achieve this? Either design something so desirable it would be passed on through generations (very difficult to do and impossible to predict) or design something that wouldn’t leave anything behind i.e. recyclable, compostable and biodegradable parts.The product also had to be fun, affordable and a little divisive, hence the grenade shape. However the grenade is just the start of the story, as the shape begins to disappear into the soil the story continues with a second life, a rebirth through wildflowers.
And so the Seedbom was born!
Darren on Seedboming and Guerrilla Gardening (back in 2013 talking about Seedbom Mark 1!)