Garden project developed for festival Lausanne Jardin 2014 s in collaboration with Sebastien and Michèle Cordoleani.
The unusual thing about the Lausanne-Jardins event is that it takes place in the heart of the city, its mission being to bring together the world of plants and flowers and the truly urban environment. Each garden is much more than a merely utopian, conceptual exercise; it must also be able to become part of city life and make a place for itself, whilst accepting the constraints at the heart of the concept- a garden both in and with the town.
This encounter is what makes ‘Lausanne-Jardins’ unique.
For this, the 5th outing for the event, of course we have chosen to make gardens in the city, and more specifically, the way the city is shown and defined on most maps. So this time we have a more restricted area of intervention, providing a good cross-section of the cityscape.
Onto the street map of the city centre we have cast some seeds, this being the simplest way to get a garden started…
Where they fall, the next event will take root…
Randomly our actions will, in just the same way that the wind or the soles of our shoes carry seeds and transform the landscape around us, create new gardens which will appear in towns. This can be in streets, squares, alleyways, paths, staircases, roof terraces, courtyards of apartment buildings, bridges- endless places that are sometimes well-suited like a park, more often unlikely locations like a dark alley, but always surprising and inviting.
The city is the stage, location of events, meetings and myths. The plants produce a magical world transcending reality, it is an eye on the inert stone which awakens bits of the past.It changes the scale, blurs perception and plunges us into a story that evokes Alice in Wonderland.
This dreamlike proposal takes over the initial theatricality. We dressed the statue.
The project is based on a system of simple and practical construction which allows easy assembly and disposal.
The versatile preplanted garden will be rolled out in the shape of his cloak providing beautiful flowers and greenery with an automatic watering system. This set up can be broken down and adapted in various contexts.
We have decided to dress William Tell with a cloak of vegetation composed mainly of sedum (plants) in different colours : yellow, green , red etc ...
Sedum is an ideal choice because it is robust, needs limited water and retains strong colours in it’s branches and leaves even out of the flowering season.
The cape is covered with a rhythmic pattern, inspired by glazed tiles.
Surrounding the perimeter a bench offers a place of rest and an opportunity to contemplate the scenery and the magnificent view of lake Geneva and mountains.