Home Graphic designer These five new landscape art installations are now on display at the 23rd International Garden Festival | New

These five new landscape art installations are now on display at the 23rd International Garden Festival | New

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Fortresses by Maison029. Photo by Martin Bond


The five winning facilities selected for the 23rd edition of the International Garden Festival are on display at the Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis, Quebec. Inspired by the theme “Adaptation”, the installations reflect a response to a rapidly changing planet, exacerbated by climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Gardens will be open daily until Sunday, October 2, 2022. Watch below to learn more about the winning projects featured:

Fortresses
House029
Eadeh Attarzadeh, urban planner
Lorenzo Saroli Palumbo, architect
Montreal, Quebec




Fortresses.  Photo by JC Lemay

Fortresses. Photo by JC Lemay

Project summary: “The romantic notion of believing that forests untouched by human contact and interference will thrive has sadly been belied. As long as humanity persists in its current course, it has become unrealistic to expect our forests to defend. Fortresses is a symbolic intervention within the forest, proposing an aggressive method to protect our flora from its greatest predator: ourselves. The geometry of each modular defensive system adapts to the size, type and age of each tree. Fortresses wants to be appreciated for the beauty of its geometries in addition to encouraging visitors to wonder about the impact they have on their environment and reminding them that our flora is often unable to protect itself.”

Lichen
Marie-Pier Gauthier-Manes, product and space designer
Chloé Isaac, graphic designer and ceramist
Victor Roussel, 3D artist
Paris, France / Montreal, Quebec


Lichen.  Photo by JC Lemay

Lichen. Photo by JC Lemay

Summary of the project: “The lichen is a perceptive, malleable and mutable organism. It metamorphoses in contact with topography, humidity and ambient temperature. Like its namesake, Lichen is sensitive to disturbances in its environment and is therefore a valuable indicator of environmental change. Composed of small, delicate elements, it nevertheless remains a coherent and resistant structure which serves to prepare the ground for other plant species. While wandering between its agglomerations, one observes, otherwise invisible, elements reveal themselves in colorful patterns. Inspired by terracotta pots, veritable archetypes of gardens, this installation is made up of 1,200 handmade earthenware rings that are fired in an outdoor oven right here at the Jardins de Métis. The drainage and water retention capabilities of this material allow for both more consistent soil irrigation and longer moisture retention. This environment allows plants that are particularly sensitive to temperature variations and drought to grow peacefully. Its thermochromic treatment changes appearance depending on the temperature to reveal different colors throughout the summer season.

gravity field
Théodore Hoerr, landscape architect
Kelly Waters, Landscaper
Rebecca Shen, Landscaper
New York, United States


Gravity field.  Photo by JC Lemay

Gravity field. Photo by JC Lemay

Project Summary: “Plants are extraordinarily adaptive. They can thrive in some of the harshest environments on earth by responding to a myriad of stimuli – sun, water, temperature, soil and gravity – to sustain life. Plants are also essential to human existence. Although they play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change that threaten our existence as a species, they are also vulnerable and must adapt quickly to a changing climate. fast. gravity field demonstrates the robust adaptation of plants even under extremely difficult conditions. Sunflowers are grown upside down but bend as they grow towards the sun, defying gravity. Visitors can tour the facility multiple times to experience how plants adapt to their situation: phototropic, gravitropic, and heliotropic. While the future is uncertain, gravity field shines a light on the powerful resilience of nature and sees the optimism in the ability of plants and all organisms to adapt and thrive.”

The Eight Hills
Noel Picaper, architect
Levallois-Perret, France


The Eight Hills.  Photo by: JC Lemay

The Eight Hills. Photo by: JC Lemay

Summary of the project: “Conceived as evolving structures, these eight hills imagine biological spatialities. Through inanimate and organic materials, they create effects of life. A hilly landscape then appears, capable of offering various experiences to humans and non-humans alike (birds) Serving as a lounge area, micro-garden, contemplative space and ecological reservoir, this project offers visitors a multitude of sequences spaces to practice, seats, hiding places and amphitheater… The intention, behind this assembly of surfaces, is to reveal the richness of an entire environment, catalyzing other forms of interaction for various living beings. Dreamlike and carrying functions , this work influences the climate by softening the summer heat with its shadows and its flora. The eight hills thus develop a landscape full of meaning that continues to evolve both in its composition and in the cycles of life it shelters.”

Finite forest, infinite space?
Antonin Boulanger Cartier, trainee architect
Melaine Niget, urban planner and trainee architect
Pierre-Olivier Demeule, trainee architect
Quebec, Quebec


Finite forest, infinite space?.  Photo by JC Lemay

Finite forest, infinite space?. Photo by JC Lemay

Summary of the project: “Remotely, Finite forest, infinite space?, takes on the appearance of a pile of sawn wood that a carpenter might have laid there while waiting for his next project. This defined form covered with a plastic tarp waits in the heat of summer. Rooted in the middle of a path crossing the boreal forest, the installation nevertheless obstructs the passage. Without being able to go around it, is it possible to cross it, facing it seems inevitable. As you approach, a section of the tarpaulin comes off, and you are invited to slip inside. Inside, a structure of finely assembled wooden slats reveals a route modulated by a play of solids and voids. What are all these skilfully arranged slats and why do they seek to reach infinity? Aren’t they constrained by this tarpaulin visible from the outside? Looking up at the sky, a brief look at the tall trees suggests a final thought: if the space we build emanates from a finite resource world and therefore cannot be infinite, could this cleverly sculpted forest ‘be ?”








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