Radishes for Adoption

Radishes for Adoption: Installation

The illuminated radish pickles in jars were at the basis of a nightly, street-side installation between June 21 to July 4, 2009 at Villa Sakuradani in Kyoto.

Radishes for Adoption PROJECT ARCHIVE:
photosGrowing Radishes
documentAdopter Kit (soon)

Closing the circle of home visits with the radish adopters (total of 190 visits in 6 weeks), the artist invited the interested public and participants to a nightly, open-air exhibition at his house where one could witness how the pickles mature over a two-week period.

The glass jars and photographs on view were collaboratively chosen with the participants which conveyed aspects of the process and the individual behind this networked growing project. The show concluded with a Radish Tasting & Growers Exchange Meeting on July 5.


video From Seeds to Illuminated Pickle Jars (2:14min, 12.5MB)
Kansai Television (Osaka) Super News Anchor on July 17, 2009.

Momentarium Video


96 Jars Trace the Origins of Homegrown Radishes

Vinegared radish pickles, preserved seedlings, photo prints in glass jars; LED light chain; wood frame. Dimensions: 400 cm x 50 cm x 10cm. The red labels on the plant photographs (written in Japanese) indicate that the radishes are still in the process of growing.

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Installation in Context

The shelf piece was mounted on a vacant wood wall of an old-style Japanese house in a residental, hill-side neighborhood of Kyoto.

Radishes for Adoption

Installation with Radish Pickles In return for growing radishes at their homes the final exhibit and tasting event took place at the artists residence, an oldstyle Japanese house.



Urban Farmers Japan
A Network of Food Producers in the City

RADISHES FOR ADOPTION is an initiative that supports the playful transition of verandas, backyards, window boxes, rooftops and unused space into tiny organic food production areas.

This program invited 30 very diverse households regardless of age, income, available space, gardening experience or lifestyle. While the Radish Adopters become the primary caretakers, they are getting ongoing support and education from the organizers. The motivation behind Urban Farmers Japan (UFJ) is to build relationships around local food production, mitigating the environmental impact of our current food system, and reconnect people to the earthy essentials of life.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Currently Japan imports 61% of its food and 70% of the nation's three million farmers are 60 years or older.
(Source: The New York Times; Japan's Rice Farmers Fear Their Future Is Shrinking; March 29, 2009)



Radishes for Adoption would have been impossible without the incredible dedication and support of Makiko Hori, Mie Matsuoka, Tagaki-san, and last but not least Yuka Saito. I am also grateful for the open-minded adopters throughout Kyoto (and Osaka) who offer their care and home for my radishes and agreed to meet with me once a week.