International Garden Festival Enlivens the Musée de la Civilisation’s Roof

Centered on the Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis, Quebec, the International Garden Festival’s annual rendez-vous of contemporary gardens gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces that bring together visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment.

Since 2000, the event is recognized as one of the leading garden festivals with over 180 contemporary and ephemeral gardens created by designers from 15 countries.

The Festival also has a satellite program of installations in other cities. Building on the success of last year, the International Garden Festival, in collaboration with the Musée de la civilisation of Québec City, has re-installed the popular Roof Line Garden by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster on the Museum’s roof terrace.

As a reinterpretation of Line Garden—installed every year since 2014 on the site of the Reford Gardens, in Grand-Métis— the Quebec City installation brings an outdoor space of enchantment to  the Musée de la civilisation.

This year, designers Jamrozik, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Buffalo, and Kempster, an Adjunct Assistant Professor, were inspired by the theme of natural science. Their installation draws on the colour contrasts of poisonous frogs hiding in the foliage of a plant.

The installation’s colours are linked to Venenum: A Poisonous World and Curiosities of the Natural World, two current exhibitions at the Musée de la civilisation.

In Grand-Métis, the project is installed as the Swing Line Garden for the 20th International Garden Festival. Here it is in its second location, presented in the same colours showcased in Québec City. Visitors are invited to sway under the canopy on an array of swings.

Roof Line Garden II and Swing Line Garden’s use of barricade tape invites visitors to settle under the playful and vibrant canopy, which changes according to the intensity of the light and the varying rustling of the ribbons.

Reford Gardens is a national historic site located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Métis rivers in Québec. It was established by avid gardener and plant collector Elsie Reford.

Working together since 2003, Jamrozik and Kempster strive to create objects, spaces and situations that transform everyday life in a playful and stimulating way.

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