bob vanderbob a.k.a. bobvan

operation sunflower
urban communication project

Operation Sunflower took place in the context of Brussels, European Capital of Culture 2000. The project was twinned with the city of Glasgow (Scotland).





Operation Sunflower was presented to the children as a science fiction story told by the Sound Tree, installed at the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts (Brussels) and the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (Glasgow).

The children of over 80 schools and organizations in Brussels were then invited to make the story happen in real life. They took part in a massive sunflower planting project, based on the idea of sending sunflowers seeds into the far future by means of a 'natural' time-travel device:  the replication of sunflowers through many generations. They were encouraged to consider how the seeds could be used as a means of exchange and communication with other inhabitants of their city. Each group planned and developed its own strategy. A vast range of initiatives sprang up from the children’s fertile imagination.

The Operation Sunflower exhibition was presented at the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts (Brussels).