Columbia clearly has part of it dedicated to keeping bikes safe, but it also appears that some experiment or something is also going on in the space. Well this curiosity recently bubbled over for us and as a result we went to the spot to read what was going on and snap some pictures.
Upon further investigation the area is called the "Papermakers Garden" and the sign on the fence reads:
The Papermaker's Garden contributes to Columbia College's green initiative by producing suitable paper fibers, and offering collaborative and cross-disciplinary education. An urban garden such as this will reduce air pollution (because plants filter the air by using excess carbon dioxide to make oxygen), cool the air through evaporation thus cutting energy use, reduce urban runoff, and also give students access to natural, sustainably grown fibers for papermaking, and a chance to interact with the natural world. They will utilize the fibers being conscious of not only environmental concerns of fiber production but also of ideas with conceptual artistic practice -- collaborating with science, art, and the environment. Columbia's art students will be able to learn about the plants in a practical way, and use that knowledge to fuel artistic practice through papermaking. The garden will also be an alternative art side - outdoor sculptures, paintings, and performances will invigorating the space, enhancing the positive visibility of the space.Pretty cool stuff!