A Day with a Goat, Ljubljana 2010
One-day action on an abandoned construction site in the city centre of Ljubljana. In the frame of the project The Beyond Construction Site, at Resljeva and Masarykova Streets, organised by Obrat Association.
(photograph, map drawings, video)
The construction site, which has been idle for several years, is overgrown with all sorts of wild vegetation. The terrain has changed its shape very dramatically. The site is in fact a hole approximately 2 metres deep, from which all the topsoil has been removed. At one end of the site, next to the wall of an underground parking garage, the land drops into a hole six metres deep. The site appears to be dangerous and neglected, but at the same time it is also very green.
I wanted to bring a domestic animal here. Farm animals are not normally seen in the urban environment, and people react to them as something exotic, even though they are ordinary domestic animals. Having a goat at the abandoned site underlines the wild aspect of the location, which is actually in an extremely urbanized area. The contrasts between the domesticated, the urbanized, and the wild lead us to reflect on our broken connection with both domesticated (rural) and wild nature. I followed the goat around an entire day, charting a map of her movements. I propose using the paths made by the goat to design a new urban plan for the area.
A Day with a Goat, 2010
A Goat Map, 2010