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Green over Grey Unveils Gigantic Living Paintings at Edmonton International Airport

The first passengers arriving into Edmonton, Canada were greeted by a breath of fresh air produced by the largest Living Wall inside any airport terminal in the world.
  • <strong>The artist, Mike Weinmaster from Green over Grey, took inspiration for the central living wall from cirrus cloud formations. Living Walls are also referred to as vertical gardens or green walls.</strong>
  • <strong>The designs of the two upper living walls (at departures level) are based on famous Canadian paintings by The Group of Seven and Emily Carr.</strong>
  • <strong>At departures level there are restaurants next to the living walls where passengers can relax and breathe the fresh air produced by the more than 8000 individual plants.</strong>
  • <strong>The three living walls at the world-class Stantec designed terminal of Edmonton International Airport are visible from both the departures (upper) and arrivals (lower).</strong>
    VANCOUVER, BC, May 18, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Artist Mike Weinmaster, of the design firm Green over Grey, gained inspiration from high altitude cloud formations to create the artwork of the main central Living Wall (also referred to as a Vertical Garden, Green Wall, Biowall or Plant Wall). For the upper walls, Weinmaster based his designs on famous Canadian paintings by The Group of Seven and Emily Carr. The colours, patterns and textures were not created using paint but instead by incorporating over 8000 individual living plants, representing 32 unique species.

The verdant masterpiece will continually evolve on the canvas to become more and more three dimensional. Some of the larger species (such as Lacy-Tree Philodendrons, Staghorn Ferns and Octopus Trees) will be allowed to grow up to 10 feet out of the wall.

In addition to being beautiful, the 1,420 square foot Living Wall adds oxygen and removes carbon dioxide and other common indoor air pollutants. The plants thrive in their hydroponic, soil-free environment which closely mimics how they grow vertically in nature, such as on tree branches or next to waterfalls.

The Living Walls serves as both a work of botanical art and statement about EIA's commitment to sustainability.

Stantec were the architects and engineers that came up with the concept for incorporating a Living Wall into the design of this world-class Airport Terminal, and were responsible for integrating it into the project so that it enhances the overall passenger experience and substantially improves indoor air quality. It is the first major Living Wall to be built into the interior of a North American airport terminal.

About Green over Grey

Green over Grey is an award winning design firm that focuses on the creation of spectacular and eye-catching Living Walls throughout North America. Being the creators of the largest and most biologically diverse Vertical Garden on the continent the team brings an in-depth knowledge of incorporating sustainability into design. The company's list of clients includes Edmonton International Airport, ING Direct Bank, SAP Software, Perkins & Will Architects, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Desjardins, Westin Hotels, plus numerous others.

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