In response to the invitation for the performance program, ICH/I, which codes its July program under the subtitle, Local Utopias, Stuttgart-born artist, Ulrike Buck, proposes a permanent installation on the fire escape of the institution, adjacent to the backyard, which is shared amongst the tenants of the Reuchlinstraße 4a-b complex, including Restaurant Zadu, the Kaufmännische Schule, Ballettstudio Royal and the “Hausmeister.” As Buck has spent the last half-year surrounded by jungles and exotic landscapes with(in) the metropolis, Mexico City, this project has been shaped by her observations, living experiences and discussions with Mexican (indigenous) natives, but also by conversation and collaboration with Stuttgart natives Regina Fasshauer and Bucks flatmate Konrad Krammer, who are both professionally interested in ‘Botanicus’. Buck’s sculptural garden focuses on the magic, the power and also the entertainment provided by plants that are used for nourishment – energy-providing recipes, such as teas and cocktails, moreover herbs, which are used as ingredients for cooking. Historically speaking, the project aims to bring back forms of botanical knowledge that have become disconnected with the modern post-industrial world. It also refers to individual examples of apartments, balconies and backyards that host unique forms of home gardening, or hobby gardening. As an outdoor sculpture, Buck’s Stair Case of a Hanging Power Garden exists between public space and institutional property. In a nutshell, it is a garden proposed for Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, which exists as a social environment with studios, workshops and exhibitions. Ultimately, this hanging garden could operate as a vertically defined meeting point to interrupt the horizontal organization of time and space of the entire house.