This garden sees red. It is both a natural and artificial monochrome standpoint with red plants, vivid mulches, large lacquered pebbles, installations, videos and dioramas. The red is seen to have many meanings: prudence, danger, power and life, of course.
Voir Rouge (Seeing red) is a landscape of mounds planted with a continuous series of plants. Is it a micro-landscape or a tumulus? The permanent feature of this profile focuses attention. There is an atmosphere of an environmental alert; a signal. Beyond the conditions of nature, the garden examines the dictates of safety, the media, and omnipresent communication - today’s environment. Red alert? The symbol of this colour is emphasized by a video. The tree-covered walk that forms the border to the plot is interlaced with red lines: a safety tape is stretched across this crime scene. The idea is on the edge: environmental danger, safety phobias, etc., but nothing is lost since life is there, luxuriant in the vivid colour of the plants. Nature wins, with biodiversity and communication between people as a resource..
For the 2009 Garden Festival, the architect, Patrice Gobert, has set up “the superstructure”, a changing multidisciplinary team, partner in many of his architecture projects, with an environmental and landscape element.
Patrice Gobert, DPLG (government approved) architect, ENPC, has designed and brought to fruition, among other contracts (i.e. the Marquee space at the La Villette Park), many projects devoted to environment industries.
Marie Christine Loriers, with a Masters in Heritage and Environment Conservation and from the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (School of Higher Education in Social Sciences)), she was the chief editor of Techniques & Architecture until 2007 and has produced many shows and assignments for the APUR, Semea 13, the Cité de l'Architecture (city of architecture), Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Arc en Rêve. To date she has created a number of installations as an artist (Générale en Manufacture, in Sèvres).
Pascal Montel, after training as a stage designer, is an independent designer and artistic director in the advertising field, produces films and is in the process of publishing a comic-strip.
Béatrice Tollu, qualified in decorative arts, produces exterior and interior development creations for a large number of magazines and publications.
Philippe Marqueyssat is a professor in horticulture at TECOMAH, Ecole de l'environnement et du Cadre de Vie (School of the environment and living environment) (Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry). He brings his knowledge of defining plant locations to this sketch in red, in which humour is combined with dramatic intensity. The plants that will be taking root in a monochromatic botanic diversity in this tumulus garden at Chaumont are being raised and strengthened in the TECOMAH greenhouses, on the Jouy-en-Josas campus, which is a partner to this creation. They will be planted by the students.