Ilha de Ervas

Ilha de Ervas, 2020
04.11 2020 – 04.11.2021 at Estufa Friade Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Conservation agreement, painted wood sign, compost.

Conservation Agreement


LISBON MUNICIPALITY, legal entity nr. 500 051 070, having an address at Praça do Município, Lisbon, and represented hereunder by José Sá Fernandes, Deputy Mayor for Environment, Green Structure, Climate and Energy, with conferred and sub-conferred competences as endowed by the legal public dispatch nº 99/P/2017, printed in the 1st Supplement of the Municipal Bulletin nr. 1240, dated of 23rd of November 2017, and drafted in accordance to the regulation issued on the dispatch nr. 120/P/2019 and published in the 5th Municipal Bulletin nr. 1342, of November 7th, 2019 (hereinafter the “Conservator”);


Adrien Missika
Strausberger Platz 1
10243 Berlin

(Hereinafter the «Artist»)

Whereas the Artist is a French artist based in Berlin whose Oeuvre advocates for the inclusion and celebration of life (matter), the Artist asserts the principle of unity and holistic approach against a binary thinking built upon the distinction between nature and culture.
Whereas the Conservator, the Estufa Fria de Lisboa, is a botanical garden and a leisure space which sets as its mission to be a privileged educational resource in the city of Lisbon, raising individual and collective awareness to the importance of approaches grounded on the conservation of biodiversity and the value of plants, within a strategy of sustainability.
Whereas the Artist was invited to produce an artwork in the Estufa Fria for the exhibition VER_DE curated by Inês Valle and commissioned by Lisboa Capital Verde Europeia 2020, the Artist decided to create a "nature reserve" within the nature reserve that is the Estufa Fria:

The Artist will not introduce new species in the Estufa Fria but rather preserve, protect and highlight spontaneous vegetation, in this case the already existing weeds of a specific location, a tiny island in the main pond of the Estufa Quente (“the Project”). The Artist has named the island the «Ilha de Ervas» (English translation: “Weeds Island”).

Now therefore, the parties agree as follows:

Article 1 – Fertilization
The Artist will bring to the Estufa Fria his own “Artist compost” in order to fertilize the soil of the Weeds Island and nurture the native weeds before the start of the Project.

The Artist certifies that his compost was made using 100% organic matter and in no circumstances any pesticides or chemicals were part of the foods and plants making the final material.

Article 2 – Conservation
The Conservator undertakes to preserve the one plant species growing on the Weeds Island and identified as of the beginning of the project, Samolus valerandi, as well as all other life forms that might grow on the Weeds Island during the Project.

The Conservator hereby specifically commits to preserve the weeds, facilitate their growth and ensure the plants on the Weeds Island are not cut or destroyed, and that no other plants are to be planted there.

Article 3 - Sign
The Artist undertakes to create and produce a sign including visual and textual elements communicating the Project to the Estufa Fria’s visitors (the “Sign”).
The Conservator commits to place and maintain the Sign for the duration of the Project on the shore of the pond surrounding the Weeds Island in a location visible to all visitors.

Article 4 - Duration of the Project
The Project is part of the group art exhibition VER_DE / InSitu project scheduled between November 4th 2020 and March 21st 2021 at Estufa Fria de Lisboa.
The Artist and the Conservator agreed for the Project to go on after the end of the group art exhibition and to end on November 4th, 2021.

Article 5 – Law applicable and jurisdiction
The present Agreement and its interpretation are governed by the substantive laws of Portugal. In case of a dispute, the courts of Lisbon will have sole competence.

Ilha de Ervas, 2020, Estufa Fria, Lisbon

Ilha de Ervas, 2020, detail

Ilha de Ervas, 2020, Estufa Fria, Lisbon

Ilha de Ervas, 2020, (detail)

Ilha de Ervas, 2020, conservation agreement

Ilha de Ervas, 2020, Estufa Fria, Lisbon