If I thought seed bombs were a tired and not-too-though-out idea, you can imagine how I feel about promoting shotgun shells as a way to sow seed. The idea, called Flowershell, is the brainchild of Per Cromwell, an innovator at the Scandinavian creative lab Studio Total. On their website, Studio Total claims – or, rather, disclaims – that they are fond of “breaking international law,” so perhaps I shouldn’t be too surprised.
Cromwell claims the idea came to him one afternoon while he was doing awful, tedious gardening tasks like, you know, weeding and pruning, when he thought to himself, “how could this be made more fun?” And then it struck him! “This could be made much easier, faster, better using a shotgun.”
Really? There is literally no task in gardening more simple than sowing seeds: just take a handful and toss them wherever. Done.
Somehow, though, Cromwell thinks that suggesting people bust out their shotguns and shoot away at the dirt will somehow make the job easier and faster. That claim is questionable at best, and at its worst Flowershell makes a job that was accessible to a toddler into a dangerous pastime. Plus, at approximately $12.50 per shell, this method is more than 10 times as expensive as an equivalent pack of seeds.
Do we really need to encourage home gardeners, who might not have any experience with guns, to go out and buy one so they can more
effectively novelly sow their seeds? Not to mention Cromwell’s R & D consisted of, from what I can tell, modifying his own shotgun shells, filling them with various flower seeds, putting them back in his gun and then firing at different angles with no idea what to expect. I’m no artillery expert, but that seems just a little unsafe.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all about innovation. Hell, I operate a blog dedicated to the newest in horticultural art and design. And I support the message behind Flowershell, which is to subvert the idea of a weapon as something life-taking and transform it into something life-giving. But those ideas are perhaps best explored as art pieces, and not brought to mass market.
Still, if you’d like to support the project, you can head on over to Indiegogo and pre-order your Flowershells, which cost $50 for a set of four and are available filled with peony, poppy or cornflower seeds.
Me, I’m reconsidering my stance on seed bombs. After all, at least they’re not actual bombs.