We live and work in environments that separate us from nature. Why?
I suppose there's a reason for this — our natural world is beautiful, but it can be a dangerous and deadly place.
When we hang a painting of a nature scene on a wall, we're trying to bring a bit of the natural world inside. We're trying to make the wall seem a bit less lifeless. We're trying to reconnect with our natural spirit.
This is why architects are finally experimenting with "green walls," which are exactly what they sound like. They're literally walls constructed with living, green plants, not dry, painted Sheetroc.
Most of has haven't been exposed to green walls, but I predict we'll see a them everywhere in years to come.
We'll see high-rise buildings completely covered in green, not granite. Retail stores will use green walls to make a statement. Architects will absolutely crave the chance to spec green walls, because they represent offer the chance to make an environmental statement, an intellectual statement, and a creative statement. What architect could resist?
Most of us working in cities spend our waking lives completely surrounded by lifeless, drab walls.
We're seeing more and more interesting uses of green walls, I can almost guarantee they're coming soon to a wall near you (maybe your own walls).