The mere thought of signposting with plants ushers in images of a classic-horror film titled, “The Shining.” Jack Torrance, portrayed by prolific actor, Jack Nicholson, is eager to finish the novel that he started writing but can’t because his sanity spirals out of control. He chases after his young son Danny, wildly swinging an axe in hand, into the garden maze only never to find his way back out of the maze- alive.
Fortunately, for everyday people, finding one’s way around a very large space, such as an airport or shopping center, doesn’t need to be as stressful as fleeing from an axe-wielding lunatic. Perhaps signposting can simultaneously invigorate and soothe the weary-eyed traveler.
Large buildings rely on people to know where they are and where they need to go. Shopping malls, hotels and convention centers are but just a few examples of the need for improved wayfinding measures to help alleviate the stress of travel and finding one’s way from day to day.
Plants can be utilized to assist people with finding themselves as well as other people: think very large and bustling shopping center, teeming with frenzied activity. Plant placement can be crucial for the extending the ease of flow of heavy pedestrian traffic while providing stimulating places.
The need for prompt and well-directed foot flow of people can not be stressed well enough. Emergency treatments, such as trauma surgeries, necessitate immediate medical intervention to save lives.
The strategic placement of specific plants often functions as visual signposts along the scene of green. Visiting persons also can appreciate the beautifying benefits of green-infused wayfinding.
Punctuality is paramount as millions of people take to the skies each and every day. Far too often, people end up ‘getting-lost’ while mistakenly turning the wrong way coming out of a public bathroom. When suddenly realizing that the correct departure gate is located at the other end of the terminal.
Plants of varying forms, styles and colors are used to direct people to where they need to go, filtering and infusing the air along the journey.
Plants Work Magical Wonders
Plants often starkly contrast the background. Because buildings are built with lots of horizontal and vertical lines, plants play a crucial role in serving as avatar for one and all, in large buildings throughout the world.
Welcoming plants into a building will open up a new world of possibilities, namely allowing people to feel reassured, reinvigorated and renewed when it’s most needed.