The garden of equilibrium
Paradise is a timeless realm in which existence is positive and harmonious. In our changing and pressure-filled world, how can the everyday member of society achieve a harmonious existence?
The answer is to attain a sense of balance in all things. This garden is a metaphor that explores the relationship of the natural and artificial elements that are an integral part of our everyday lives.
Using the Chinese philosophy of ying and yang, the garden demonstrates how opposing forces are both interconnected and interdependent. The balancing of forces, natural and man-made, gives rise to the existence of paradise.
The scheme of ‘Equilibrium' represents two dynamic forces divided into evenly separated spaces with a central point of interaction. The ‘naturalized' space is represented by in a grid of bamboo living on an undulating plane of lawn. The ‘built' space is created by a grid of steel bars emerging from a field of coarsely crushed concrete.
A meandering pathway, intersecting the two, connects to a central circular space, a location of focalizing force where a harmonious balance between the natural and constructed, between the organic and sterile, is experienced. This central circle will convey a grounded central core of stability. In the garden of ‘Equilibrium' the visitor will travel between often contentious and encroaching forces to a peaceful point of respite, renewal and reflection.
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