Friday, 9 January 2009

Charles Jencks:Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Throughout History great Gardens have been created to symbolize high ideals, to symbolize philosophical ideas and to depict perfect edens. Charles Jencks garden is a modern take on this theme, He is an intellectual with a history in architecture and design. His garden uses shapes and formulas from science and astronomy to create a ‘garden of the mind’. The video from the culture show by Andrew Graham Dixon gives a good idea of what it is about. It is a very ambitious idea, but I am not sure what I think about it. Is it just Disney for the intellectuals? As a gardener I think it must be a nightmare to maintain. As it is so artificial they must be continually battling with nature to keep it in a pristine condition. This is a problem of many very artificial land art works and one I find hard to justify.

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