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DAVE MACKENZIE IS THE 
LIVING ART PIONEER 
WHO CREATED ‘BREATHE’
31 YEARS AGO, DAVE STARTED HIS 
CAREER IN HORTICULTURE, 
OPENING HIS NURSERY, 
HORTECH IN SPRING LAKE, MI.
ABOUT A DECADE AGO, 
DAVE STARTED LOOKING 
BEYOND TRADITIONAL 
LANDSCAPING
DAVE’s VISION: 
RESTORE NATURE TO OUR BUILT 
ENVIRONMENT BY CLOAKING 
BUILDINGS IN GREENERY
IN 2007, DAVE INTRODUCED LIVEROOF, 
A PLANTED GREEN ROOF SYSTEM 
THAT HAS GREENED OVER 
1000 BUILDINGS WORLDWIDE 
CATHEDRA...
AS SOON AS DAVE INTRODUCED 
LIVEROOF, DESIGNERS AND BUILDING 
OWNERS PRESSED HIM TO DEVELOP A 
BETTER LIVING WALL SYSTEM 
...
IN 2012, AFTER NEARLY FIVE YEARS OF 
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, 
DAVE LAUNCHED THE LIVEWALL 
OUTDOOR LIVING WALL SYSTEM 
THE ...
IN 2013, DAVE INTRODUCED 
LIVEWALL INDOOR, A 
DRIP-FREE 
LIVING WALL SYSTEM 
GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET 2ND FLOOR
IN 2013, DAVE ALSO ENTERED ARTPRIZE 
FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND 
‘BACK TO EDEN’ FINISHED IN THE 
TOP 25 ENTRIES BY POPULAR VO...
THIS YEAR, DAVE FURTHER PUSHED 
THE ENVELOPE, ENTERING A 
BIGGER AND BOLDER 
WORK OF LIVING ART
IN DESIGNING ‘BREATHE,’ DAVE 
SOUGHT TO ILLUSTRATE THE 
CRITICAL ROLE PLANTS PLAY IN 
OUR ABILITY TO SURVIVE
THE EAST-FACING GRAPHIC SPELLS 
BREATHE O2 (OXYGEN) 
WITH WHITE FLOWERS
BECAUSE THE VITAL PROCESS OF 
PHOTOSYNTHESIS OCCURS IN THE LEAVES, 
BREATHE FEATURES GRAPHICS OF 
MICHIGAN NATIVE TREES 
C...
BREATHE IS 22’ TALL 
AT ITS PEAK
BREATHE TOOK 
OVER 3 WEEKS 
TO CONSTRUCT
BREATHE IS 
NEARLY 
150’ LONG
ABOUT THE LIVEWALL SYSTEM, 
THE CANVAS OF ‘BREATHE’…
WHAT’S UNDERNEATH: 
WINDOW-BOX STYLE PLANTERS
How Does it Work? 
HOW IT WORKS: 
RAIN-LIKE RAIL DELIVERY 
WATER TRAVELS THROUGH 
HOLLOW ALUMINUM RAILS 
TO SPRAY NOZZLES ...
WHERE IT’S MADE: 
LOCALLY SOURCED 
AND MANUFACTURED 
COMPONENTS
PLANTS WERE PLANTED IN APRIL, 
AND WERE GROWN OFFSITE UNTIL 
PLANTING, WHICH TOOK A WEEK
AT NIGHT, SEE THE WALL 
IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
BREATHE INCORPORATES ROPE LIGHTING, 
WHICH HELPS TO HIGHLIGHT THE 
IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT IN 
THE PROCESS OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS
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How Dave MacKenzie Used LiveWall to Create Living Art

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Artist Dave MacKenzie used the LiveWall vertical garden system to bring living art to the world's largest publicly voted art contest. His piece, breathe placed in the top 25 of over 1,600 entries.

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How Dave MacKenzie Used LiveWall to Create Living Art

  1. 1. DAVE MACKENZIE IS THE LIVING ART PIONEER WHO CREATED ‘BREATHE’
  2. 2. 31 YEARS AGO, DAVE STARTED HIS CAREER IN HORTICULTURE, OPENING HIS NURSERY, HORTECH IN SPRING LAKE, MI.
  3. 3. ABOUT A DECADE AGO, DAVE STARTED LOOKING BEYOND TRADITIONAL LANDSCAPING
  4. 4. DAVE’s VISION: RESTORE NATURE TO OUR BUILT ENVIRONMENT BY CLOAKING BUILDINGS IN GREENERY
  5. 5. IN 2007, DAVE INTRODUCED LIVEROOF, A PLANTED GREEN ROOF SYSTEM THAT HAS GREENED OVER 1000 BUILDINGS WORLDWIDE CATHEDRAL SQUARE – DIOCESE OF GRAND RAPIDS
  6. 6. AS SOON AS DAVE INTRODUCED LIVEROOF, DESIGNERS AND BUILDING OWNERS PRESSED HIM TO DEVELOP A BETTER LIVING WALL SYSTEM GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET
  7. 7. IN 2012, AFTER NEARLY FIVE YEARS OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, DAVE LAUNCHED THE LIVEWALL OUTDOOR LIVING WALL SYSTEM THE RAPID CENTRAL STATION
  8. 8. IN 2013, DAVE INTRODUCED LIVEWALL INDOOR, A DRIP-FREE LIVING WALL SYSTEM GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET 2ND FLOOR
  9. 9. IN 2013, DAVE ALSO ENTERED ARTPRIZE FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND ‘BACK TO EDEN’ FINISHED IN THE TOP 25 ENTRIES BY POPULAR VOTE
  10. 10. THIS YEAR, DAVE FURTHER PUSHED THE ENVELOPE, ENTERING A BIGGER AND BOLDER WORK OF LIVING ART
  11. 11. IN DESIGNING ‘BREATHE,’ DAVE SOUGHT TO ILLUSTRATE THE CRITICAL ROLE PLANTS PLAY IN OUR ABILITY TO SURVIVE
  12. 12. THE EAST-FACING GRAPHIC SPELLS BREATHE O2 (OXYGEN) WITH WHITE FLOWERS
  13. 13. BECAUSE THE VITAL PROCESS OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS OCCURS IN THE LEAVES, BREATHE FEATURES GRAPHICS OF MICHIGAN NATIVE TREES CATALPA (NORTH SIDE) OAK, BEECH, MAPLE (WEST SIDE)
  14. 14. BREATHE IS 22’ TALL AT ITS PEAK
  15. 15. BREATHE TOOK OVER 3 WEEKS TO CONSTRUCT
  16. 16. BREATHE IS NEARLY 150’ LONG
  17. 17. ABOUT THE LIVEWALL SYSTEM, THE CANVAS OF ‘BREATHE’…
  18. 18. WHAT’S UNDERNEATH: WINDOW-BOX STYLE PLANTERS
  19. 19. How Does it Work? HOW IT WORKS: RAIN-LIKE RAIL DELIVERY WATER TRAVELS THROUGH HOLLOW ALUMINUM RAILS TO SPRAY NOZZLES ABOVE EACH TIER OF PLANTERS
  20. 20. WHERE IT’S MADE: LOCALLY SOURCED AND MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS
  21. 21. PLANTS WERE PLANTED IN APRIL, AND WERE GROWN OFFSITE UNTIL PLANTING, WHICH TOOK A WEEK
  22. 22. AT NIGHT, SEE THE WALL IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
  23. 23. BREATHE INCORPORATES ROPE LIGHTING, WHICH HELPS TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT IN THE PROCESS OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS

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