Various wooden altars arranged in a garden evoke crossroad oratories or altars made into private plots in Sacré potager, a garden by atelier barda for the 2013 International Garden Festival.
“Historically men have left the imprint of their beliefs, their customs and their faith through various monuments they have erected and placed in the landscape.” says atelier barda, a Montreal and Paris based architecture and design firm.
“The installation offers and leads the visitor into a poetic fiction of the ‘sacred’ side of garden and culinary heritage. Rare vegetables, that are ancient and native, evoke the biodiversity that is shrinking, undermined by the processes of selection, production and marketing of modern society.”
“Votive candles adorn the displays, customized with images of forgotten vegetables. An invitation for the visitor to make an offering for their return to our gardens and grocery shelves. With a witty combination of the sacred and the profane, the garden is mainly a pretext to initiate a common understanding that seeks to raise awareness and promote biodiversity.”