IGF 2011: Making Circles in the Water by Diana Balmori


From The International Garden Festival:

For the 2011 edition of the festival Diana Balmori has imagined a garden entitled Making Circles in the Water (Faire des ronds dans l’eau). The project consists of a circular water tank, located in the bay of the Mitis River, that will capture the images of the changing sky, pixellating it on the surface of the St. Lawrence, with the idea of reconnecting the site to its body of water.

The perfect geometry of the circle and the serene quality of the reflective plane contrasts with the dynamic St. Lawrence River and reveals the forces that derive from nature: the movement of the waves, the energy of the current, and the power of the tides. By changing the visitor into a participant and interweaving the components of the view – sky and horizon line – the garden invents new relations between space, shapes, colours and textures.

Diana Balmori, founder of Balmori Associates, is an internationally renowned landscape and urban designer. Through research, collaboration and innovation, she has developed projects that range from master plans to green roofs. Some of her works include the famous Garden that climbs the stairs, in Bilbao, as well as the extraordinary effort to bring to life Robert Smithson’s concept for a floating island around New York City. She is also a professor at Yale University and the author of an important new book, A Landscape Manifesto, published in 2010.

Photo: © 2011, Balmori Associates, Inc., Making Circles in the Water, Jardins de Métis

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