Human Flower Project
Flower Pot Holes
Here’s a fine Yankee take on Gandhigiri – the practice of meeting conflict with flowers.
After a beaver dam broke near Mill Creek Road in Orrington, Maine, the county sent in heavy equipment to tear up pavement in preparation for repairs. Mill Creek Road was due for resurfacing too and as long as the equipment was in the vicinity, the county authorities opted to have it torn up also. So residents along the lane have been dodging major potholes since March.
Recently, someone found a beautiful way to draw attention to the damaged road, meanwhile pointing out the biggest potholes for drivers. They planted flowers in the chunk-holes.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Jesse Schwarcz, whose parents, Mary Ann and Arthur, live on the road. “It gets so tiring to drive through those potholes and hit the bottom of every single one and swerve all the biggest ones. If they’re not going to grade the road and keep it maintained, then we can at least enjoy the flowers.”
Thanks to Alex Barber of the Bangor Daily News for the report.
Potholes on Mill Creek Road in Orrington, Maine, have been planted with flowers by an anonymous garden enthusiast. Photo: Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News