Of Trees and Cars

2021 - work in progress

Funded by the AIR program from the Province of Styria, in collaboration with Motel Trogir association, 2021 & 2023

Of Trees and Cars deals with the Trstenik district within Split 3 in Split/Croatia and the change of its public and communal spaces over the last decades.

The work focuses on the generously laid out open spaces between the blocks of houses, which were intended as regeneration areas in the original development plan. Due to political changes from 1991 onwards, these formerly nationalised areas were returned to the original owners and are thus no longer part of the adjacent housing blocks. The privatisation resulted in neglected open spaces, new buildings and, above all, car parks that were not intended to be there and destroyed the original structure of the housing estates.

At the centre of the work is a small park that was planted in 2009/2010 by the residents with 55 trees (today there are still 30) to counteract the spread of illegal parking spaces and real estate speculation and to offer the children from the neighbourhood a small green oasis with a clean stream, benches and a swing.

The work is a continuation of the piece
Mapping Split 3