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By Hélène Pepin - Pépin Paysages - L'Oseraie du Possible vannerie - Kim Cao Artiste (France)

Episode 125
4 min / Published

In an urban environment, a timeless spiral form. This garden will take the inquisitive viewer into different worlds, with places that remind them of where they came from, who they are and where they are going. "Astonishing Views" is repeated in form and content.  

What outlook do we want for our living environment? All dimensions are there, in space and time, to find new opportunities for the future of the living world. 

A vanishing point draws the audience into some undergrowth. The foliage becomes smaller and smaller, evoking the bluish backdrop of the sky. The visitors then stand under the shadows of intertwined foliage, dancing between the vines while being anchored to the ground by roots. Then they enter a tunnel, where the vegetation seems to have been woven by living beings. Strange shapes form with the emergence of nests, cocoons and webs. Black holes, then glass holes furtively open onto the city.

The universe shrinks, to enter the "mother" garden, in a dome (earth) facing the perfect mother of nature: the tree, which connects the sky and the earth. It can also be seen through its reflection in the water, it traces its course in the ground. This is a perspective on the Garden of Eden. And then, through a gap, visitors gradually exit towards the city, yet another opening towards a vanishing point.


We have selected drought-resistant plant species. The team is concerned about water conservation. The water feature faces north, in the shade of the dome tree It is intended that the garden will remain on the site, or be located in a public space, to share this parallel universe. It is built with materials that are mostly locally sourced and biodegradable, leaving no trace (bamboo, wicker from the Alpes Maritimes Var, Hautes-Alpes).

In particular, the creative team hopes that the wicker structures will be used by interested citizens in public gardens, as a space "in between". If the garden doesn't remain on the site, the structures are designed to be moved.  When the garden is dismantled, the plants will either be reused in other projects or by local associations. Other components, such as the shredded materials, can be reused as mulch for the garden beds of the neighbouring communes.

Non-biodegradable elements will be reused for gardens and community projects: iron for pergolas, concrete blocks for neighbouring construction sites, the pond liner for a pond in the community garden.

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This episode is part of the Festival des Jardins 2023 series
Podcasts 06
Podcasts by Département des Alpes-Maritimes
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