A green fabric made up of thousands of plants floats in the courtyard of the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis, symbolically covering the inconvenient facts of society says its designer, landscape architecture firm Nomad Studio.
Adds Nomad Studio, “The structure occupies approximately 200 square metres and has turned the courtyard into an exuberant sculpture filled with life. It is a natural tapestry which plays with the architectural space, while provoking it.”
“With Green Varnish, nomad studio explores the necessity of hiding inconvenient realities with politically correct beauty. A spectacular green fabric elegantly floats over the floor of the museum’s courtyard.”
With this installation, Nomad Studio founding Partners William E. Roberts and Laura Santín reflect on society’s tendency to ignore and hide any relevant information which represents an inconvenience. “In this specific case, on how our lifestyle is altering natural systems. We live in denial within vanishing landscapes, refusing to accept reality. Landscapes are gradually ceasing to be operative in their ecological structures and therefore, will transition into a completely different landscape in search of a new ecological order.”
For William and Laura, “Deep inside the collective awareness, it is clear we need to overcome major changes in order to cope with climate change. Currently, our response is completely reactionary and we mainly express it in two different manners: pure rejection or some form of green shift that enables us to continue business as usual.”
“With Green Varnish nomad studio is making an ironic gesture towards the ‘greening’ trend camouflaged beneath the mantra of sustainability, resilience and other words which are often abused in the current world of design.”
Location: Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis (CAM).
Brand: Nomad Studio.
Consultants: Iria Perez and Assoc., LIA Engineering
Assembly Team: Collab – Portico, Green Roof Blocks.