This garden is a tale evoking a mysterious garden of the future, which would begin like this:
“Oreline has left the marked path, caught up in sparkles of crystalline light. Her eyes look up to shining objects, which she sees from the pathway; they are poles crowned with small bottles. These bubbles seem to enclose rare and precious objects which are infinitely small. Oreline wonders what their strange contents might be. Then she notices that there are names written on the stems. The little girl concentrates, takes time to discover each word, some are gentle, some strange, but all of them seem to her to have come straight out of a tale, of another time, except for a … “Linnaea Borrealis”. She remembers that in days gone by her grandfather often talked to her about a plant that grew alongside the path which led to the house. The little girl has just understood that she is in a unique place, at the heart of a living library where there is a collection of seeds from plants that have disappeared. This is a place to remember the history of the plant world; it is the outcome of the massive destruction of nature caused by mankind. After taking some time to find out all about this, Oreline leaves this unique place to continue her journey, but the memory of this place will come back to enrich the stories and legends told to children in the evening to help them go to sleep.”
Gaétan MACQUET, government approved architect, Oreline TIXIER, architect and Pierre-Albert LABARRIÈRE, landscape architect
From left to right: Gaétan Macquet, Oreline Tixier and Pierre-Albert Labarrière
Gaëtan Macquet has been a government approved architect since 2005 and has worked in various architecture agencies for several years. For three years he has been working as a visual artist, using various processes: sculpture, photography, etc. With Oreline Tixier, he is also developing various installation projects in public spaces, gardens, etc. and set designs during cultural events.
Oreline Tixier got an ‘HMO’ architecture diploma, qualifying her for work in architectural project management, in 2007 at the School of Architecture in Brittany and has been working for several years within various architecture agencies in the urban area of Lille. Since 2009, she has at the same time been working on rich and varied projects, in-situ installations, set designs, etc. for different cultural centres.
In 2000, Pierre-Albert Labarrière obtained a BTS [advanced vocational qualification] in landscaping from the Genech Institute and then continued his studies in art history, before discovering the world of landscape as foreman for the nurseries at Beaufort and then on work sites for ISS. In 2006, he joined the ‘Autrement Dit’ Agency in Lille where he works as a landscape architect.