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Reford Gardens International Garden Festival announces winning installations


February 26, 2016
by Elsa Lam

The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected for the 17th edition presented at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, from June 23 to October 2, 2016. Visitors will be invited to explore the twenty-seven contemporary gardens, and enter the interactive spaces created by more than eighty-five landscape architects, architects and designers.

The five new gardens of the 2016 edition of the Festival, selected from 203 projects submitted from 31 countries, are:

LE CAVEAU by Christian Poules, architect and landscape architect Basel, Switzerland

LE CAVEAU by Christian Poules, architect and landscape architect, Basel, Switzerland

LE CAVEAU by Christian Poules, architect and landscape architect Basel, Switzerland

LE CAVEAU by Christian Poules, architect and landscape architect, Basel, Switzerland

Le caveau by Christian Poules, architect and landscape architect, Basel, Switzerland

The growing plane is shrouded in the intimacy of Le caveau (the cave)—a four-sided room of stacked gabions full of stones. Stone that allows light to filter through its gaps and washes the room with its shadows. It is a room of reflection. It is a room for dreamers. Just as the plane levitates before us, we are held in the balance of the stone and life itself. The personification of our own imaginations suspended in time. The primitive plane symbolizes a beginning —the seed and the soil, the tilted horizon between earth and sky.

The beauty of the garden is found in the simplicity and contradiction of material, light, time and space. It is a shelter for meditation and a canvas for nature. In Le caveau, vastness is held behind its ramparts.

CARBONE by  Coache Lacaille Paysagistes [Maxime Coache, lansdcape architect, Victor Lacaille, landscape designer, Luc Dallanora, landscape architect] Nantes, France

CARBONE by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes [Maxime Coache, lansdcape architect, Victor Lacaille, landscape designer, Luc Dallanora, landscape architect], Nantes, France

CARBONE by  Coache Lacaille Paysagistes [Maxime Coache, lansdcape architect, Victor Lacaille, landscape designer, Luc Dallanora, landscape architect] Nantes, France

CARBONE by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes [Maxime Coache, lansdcape architect, Victor Lacaille, landscape designer, Luc Dallanora, landscape architect], Nantes, France

 

Carbone by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes [Maxime Coache, landscape architect, Victor Lacaille, landscape designer, Luc Dallanora, landscape architect], Nantes, France

This installation evokes the cycle of production as a parallel to the carbon cycle. It plays with the tensions between nature and artifice inherent to landscape architecture. “The Earth is a garden. Farming, industry, the internet all leave their mark. Since the dawn of time, nature is altered. The gardener is the one with the restorative power. A gesture of kindness,” write the designers in their entry.

A noble and familiar material, wood is used to evoke a crib, bed, or coffin. A sculpted tree trunk, partially cut into pieces, forms part of the exhibition, which also includes five modules made of timber, some lightly burned on the surface. A young tree grows where the tree might have grown tall had the tree not been felled.

 

CYCLOPS by Craig Chapple, architect Phoenix, Arizona, United States

CYCLOPS by Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

CYCLOPS by Craig Chapple, architect Phoenix, Arizona, United States

CYCLOPS by Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Cyclops by Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Cyclops is a singular object on the landscape as well as a singular frame of the landscape. It is made up of 258 8-meter long timber and 1 x 6 boards, held in a concentric ring by two steel rings and suspended from the surrounding trees by stainless steel cables.

Cyclops is held in a tenuous balance with the environment that provides for it. The central 1.5 m opening at the bottom of the cone is a highly-charged occupiable space for the viewer to both view the canopy in a new way but also truly feel the focus of the suspended weight as the physical latent force in the trees themselves. The viewer finds himself playing the central role of the work in rediscovering their relationship to the energy in their environment.

LA MAISON DE JACQUES by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, intern architects Québec (Québec) Canada

LA MAISON DE JACQUES by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, intern architects

LA MAISON DE JACQUES by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, intern architects Québec (Québec) Canada

LA MAISON DE JACQUES by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, intern architects

La maison de Jacques by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, intern architects, Quebec City (Québec) Canada

La maison de Jacques (or Jack’s House, from the children’s fable Jack and the Beanstalk) is a green grove that is enveloped in bloom. You enter by walking on stepping stones that traverse a ground-cover. Once inside, you wander between the rows of beans of tightly winding their way up a light wooden structure. The walls divide the space into a series of small hidden gardens, singular in their proportions. These cocoons are ideal hiding places for a game of hide-and-seek.

The installation will be built over several weeks, starting with the seedlings in May that will grow to be more than 3 metres in height in a short time. Their clumps of red flowers will be in bloom by the end of July and then the beans will form to bring a taste of goodness to everyone.

 

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer] Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer]

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer] Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer]

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer], Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada

Finding roots in the formal geometries of the labyrinth and the many informal camping traditions in the Canadian landscape, TiiLT is a transformable and inhabitable place for visitors to act, or to idle, however they may be inclined.

Each structure may be flipped between two orientations, responding to the position of the sun, offering alternating views and shifting pathways through the site. The toggling movement conjures a school of fish, or a flock of birds, flitting in opposite directions yet connected as a whole. The straw-like lightness of the structures and brilliant yellow skin recall a field of floral blooms, contrasting the surrounding green landscape and blue sky.

TiiLT challenges the notion of the garden in creating an interactive environment that is part sculpture and part landscape – to evoke a sense of place and beauty from modest elements. TiiLT provides simple, intimate, shaded spaces in congregation, retrieving memories of long days in short seasons, time spent alone and among neighbours, embracing the feeling of shared disconnection, together.

One project received a special mention from the jury and will be presented as a special garden installation in 2016:

Dress Up! by Ran Hwang, artist, Sangmok Kim, architect, Sungwoo Kim, architect, Shin Hee Park, fashion artist, Seoul, South Korea / Beijing, China / New York, United States.

The jury was composed of Samuel Bernier-Lavigne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, École d’Architecture, Université Laval, professor in charge of FabLab-eaul and curator of the exhibition Les Chambres blanchesby Pierre Thibault (2015); Caroline Magar, Coordinator of the Champ des Possibles in Montréal and designer of the Méristème garden for the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Festival; Yvan Maltais, foreman in horticulture for the Plateau Mont-Royal, Ville de Montréal, and technical coordinator of the International Garden Festival from 2001 to 2007; Julie St-Arnault, AAPQ, OALA, Senior Partner, VLAN Paysages and Alexander Reford, director of Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival.

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits new conceptual gardens that add to the work of more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.


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