For centuries gardens have been used as tools to connect with the experience of paradise, offering some contrast to its surroundings. Our proposal is an exploration in to this idea. We believe the experience of paradise to be a subjective, personal thing. These recessed beds are designed for one person, although they may be shared. The dimension of the cuts are taken from studies of the Vetruvian man, - connection of man with the world.
Our proposal is simple. A system of recessed beds, heightening the experience of lying in a field of tall grass. There is only one aspect, a virtual ceiling - the sky. - the view to which is framed by recess of the bed. The beds are spaced apart in ‘Anemanthele lessoniana' , Pleasant ' stailgrass - one of the best and most versatile evergreen grasses which thrives in sun or shade, and glows in shades of copper, gold and bronze in the autumn. It is a fast growing grass with a soft, arching habit. it has a flowering period from June to September. The beds are netted at the sides to prevent soil spilling, the floor is of carpeted with ‘Amphidium Iapponicum', Bottle Moss. Copper piping provides personal headphone connections for users. (A suggested playlist is provided below)
The beds frame the sky as pure colour and show the changing light of the sky, altering what we see with our own eyes. They frame a new view of the sunrise or sunset, a heightened vision of the sky, an escape from the everyday distractions. At times it seems the sky has come closer, as if we can reach out and touch it. Changing the experience of sky as space, form. object and void. - an opportunity to look at our own ‘looking'. The present moment is ground in us while we are reconnected with the world in which we inhabit. We create the colour and shape of the sky, it does not exist outside of itself. The feeling is one of belonging to this land while the expanse of space displayed suggests some scale to the world we live in.
The experience is meant to be taken in slowly, quietly, overtime. The experience varies from day to day, visitors are encouraged to stop in again and again, sit or lie back and absorb the effects over the course of the days. Garden as Paradise.
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