Jardin de Metis International Garden Festival In Quebec

Photo courtesy of refordgardens.com

 

Meristeme, created by Montreal based collaboration CHASSI (Marie Josee-Gagnn, Francois LeBlanc & Caroline Magar) celebrates 35 of Quebec's native plant species in a digitally designed herbarium. Taking its name from the cellular tissue in which mitosis occurs, the irregular cells of the structure are populated by vitrines each featuring a seed at it's centre. The project aims to call awareness to the biological heritage of the site, doing so in a large domed form evocative of structures occurring at microscopic scales.

 

 

Photo courtesy of refordgardens.com

Photo courtesy of refordgardens.com


Courtesy of Nature by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel, from Sweden and Switzerland respectively, emerged as "exhibition space designed around existing elements." Past collaborations of the architect and landscape architect have been described as "poetic [...] intensifying the meaning or experience of specific locations" and it's safe to say they've achieved that again with this piece.  Minimal white enclosures, open to the sky surround clusters of trees, vegetation, and rocks on the site, positing these elements as sculpture and creating an almost surreal juxtaposition of site and architectural intervention.

 

Photo courtesy of refordgardens.com

Photo courtesy of refordgardens.com


Rotunda conceived by Santiago de Compostela based CITYLABORATORY, is perhaps the simplest intervention on this list, and all the more captivating for it. A simple dish creates the illusion of a hovering reflecting pool. Filled with clean water at the beginning of it's life the surface becomes a mirror for the site around it. In time the piece is intended to act as a registering device for conditions of the site, overflowing or evaporating with changes of weather, or filling with pollen and leaves and becoming a habitat in and of itself.

The Festival runs until the end September.

Here's a link to more information on the Reford Gardens Jardins De Metis exhibit.

 

Written and researched by Miranda Corcoran, a designer based in Toronto, currently studying at OCAD University.

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