I want to go to Jardins de metis. I say that every year. And with every new year of competition winners, I am more convinced than ever, that a trip is necessary. I was particularly captivated by the Terragrams 2011 winning design: Noli Tangere. It's landscape design that turns our way of thinking inside out or makes the invisible visible.
Terragram's portfolio is diverse from theme parks, environmental sculptures, furniture, stage design to parks and gardens. Driven by an obsession to escape cliches, Terragram has gained an international reputation for innovation and technical experimentation. Terragram's projects have been featured in more than 40 books and 2 monographs - 'Transforming Uncommon Ground' by T. Macgowan and 'Room 4.1.3 - Innovations in Landscape Architecture' by R. Weller. Terragram's projects have also been televised by Arte Television and the BBC.
Upon Vladmir's return from a month in Europe, there was a lull in the studio. The idea of creating a secret garden (the theme for Jardins de metis) intrigued us. Jardins de metis competition reinvigorated us - it was a fast paced and impulsive competition entry, with the initial concept evolving mostly from exploratory doodles, as most of Vladmir's do.
PO: Describe the Noli tangere.
Our project Noli tangere, approached this theme of secret gardens, by proposing an unusual experience of nature, typically invisible and 'secret' to the human eye. It has become increasingly rare especially for urban visitors to experience the plant microcosmos - to look through a forest of plant stalks, smell the scents of damp earth and vegetation, observe the bugs, ants and grasshoppers at eye-level, perhaps even to eat fruit without using our hands. In Noli tangere, the secret is in revealing the once invisible.
The exact shape of the garden was generated by imagining the steps of a blindfolded person circumnavigating the selected site, from which a 'secret' shape emerged.
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