Here is a tale by Enrico explaining his passion for the mangroves and how his green fingers connects him to the natural world:
On a warm day in February 2019 I was kayaking in Koornoo wetlands territory of the Waddawurrung Balug clan of the Wadawurrung people, with a few fellow artists to be inspired by such a Mystical Ecosystem. I wanted to showcase how important are Mangroves in wetlands for all the living creatures that are living nearby.
I saw an endless number of Mangrove seeds floating in the calm waters. As a spontaneous gardener that I am, I received such a floral message. They asked me to be part of my story telling, to embody the essence of connecting to such an Eco Cosmos. I took 8 seeds home, planted them in a long shallow vase. I built another large, long shallow vase and filled it up with fresh water. As mangroves are salt water tolerant, salt isn’t essential for their growth. I then immersed the vase with mangroves seeds in it.
I didn’t do any research on how to grow those precious seeds, as plants from seeds are easy to grow; you just need to be able to observe, listen and learn from them, like our Ancestors did a thousand years ago. Seeing those little, fragile seeds growing, becoming little plants, has been a wonderful journey for me.
A reconnection with nature, to my role in this Planet as a humble helper servant of Nature, Rejecting the Culture of Dominator and Abuser of the Unique Planet we humans call Home. Like Paul Kelly, one of the most influential singer songwriters of our time, says in one of the most Uplifting songs ever written “From little things big things grow”. Thanks for coming to testify about this unique Ecosystem, to start the reconciliation process with our Ancestors, with our Environment and with our Common Mother Earth.