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An Eye for Invention

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Waste stream materials gain new life in the hands of the Organic Mechanics. Photo: Organic Mechanics

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Sean Stout and James Pettigrew have an eye for invention. Where others see refuse, they see possibility. The resulting one-of-a-kind landscapes they design are resource-friendly, lush with choice plants maintained with organic practices, and filled with wit. Last week I got the chance to peek behind their creative curtain and see how they work.

LEF: What is your muse? You guys—the Organic Mechanics—are known for not just integrating found objects, scrap, and recycled objects into your designs, but creating unique, one-of-a-kind environments crafted from these materials. Where did that start?

OM: We have always been inspired by nature herself. Our designs include habitat plants, curves, berms, and meandering paths. Decay and rene...

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