“Where? How do you get to experience this place, that one, here, and understand it? And how does your understanding lead from recognition to further exploration and greater knowledge of it?
Here, at the entrance to the already acclimatised site of this fragment of bocage:
- the symbol of a volume of light – light of a colour other than its context, “a pergola tree”, and another for the details of its crown,
- a surface composed of painted laser-cut sheet metal, with so many holes drilled through it that there is a suggestion of transparency, “the hedge”,
- a group of enamelled coloured balls: “a flowerbed”, a tip of the hat to optical tact.
Être là ... Un peu + (Being There… A Little More) above all requires visitors to occupy a fraction of the place itself. Their movement and presence must do as little damage as possible to what usually grows hereabouts, from grasses to hedges, and to those whose realm it is… snails, frogs, insects, birds... And that’s the reason for those “garden slippers”, to move around but avoid treading on the ground and its herbage.
Then, a stopping place, where you can find out what temperature it is (the thermometer)... or what the weather will be like tomorrow (the barometer)... and employ various different instruments to assess soil moisture level (the humidimeter)... wind speed (the anemometer)... ambient air humidity (the hygrometer).... ”. Bernard Lassus
Bernard LASSUS, landscape architect and visual artist
Bernard Lassus is an altogether unique figure on the landscape scene. At once artist and landscaper, painter and urban planner, researcher, academic and theoretician, he is acclaimed the world over for his deeply original designs and views. Bernard Lassus succinctly combines art, architecture and the environment.
As inventor of the innovative concept “resident landscapers”, designer of the Jardin des Retours at the Corderie Royale de Rochefort and brainchild behind projects across the length and breadth of France, he has designed an original garden for the 27th International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire.