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Wed 17.7.

‘Courtesy of Nature’ garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel (NL)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 17.07.2013 - Tagged as: ,

'Courtesy of Nature' garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

‘Courtesy of Nature’ garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

For the 2013 edition of the International Garden Festival, the leading contemporary garden festival in North America, architect Johan Selbing and landscape architect Anouk Vogel have produced Courtesy of Nature, “a contextual installation that invites the visitor to reflect upon our relation to nature.”

 

 

'Courtesy of Nature' garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

‘Courtesy of Nature’ garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

“Is nature something to cherish? To protect? To tame? To exploit? What if instead of designing the content we solely concentrated on designing the container?” asks Selbing and Vogel. “Instead of creating a new object to be placed on existing exhibition grounds, an exhibition space is designed around existing elements. Could, by doing so, a new light be projected on what belongs to the local environment, making the seemingly banal appear extraordinary? The museum is, after all, a place conceived for seeing.”

 

'Courtesy of Nature' garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

‘Courtesy of Nature’ garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

“The local context is not altered, but part of it is temporarily isolated in order to create an indoor vegetal isle evoking an art work. On entering this volume you would logically expect to find yourself indoors. All the more surprising then when that indoors turns out to illustrate a portion of the outdoors. This tranquil space alludes to a museum room where landscape has become interior, its dimension tamed by architectural means.”

 

'Courtesy of Nature' garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

‘Courtesy of Nature’ garden by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel at the 2013 International Garden Festival

 

to the International Garden Festival website