Ambivalent, enigmatic, disturbing yet by no means unlikeable, foxes are on the prowl in this garden. Behind the fragrant curtain of climbing plants that marks the entrance, the garden is a carpet of salvia and thistles. Wreathed in mist, visitors are rapidly led to savour the serene charm of a water-lily pond. But on the other side, the foxes lie in wait. Friends or enemies? It’s hard to say.
A narrow path shows the way to a great throne, belonging to the king of the forest, and, a little further on, opens out on to the opposite bank, close by the foxes themselves. Between fascination and anxiety, the garden plays with the ambiguity of our feelings. It stirs up contradictory sentiments, using the fox to achieve its purpose.
The garden encourages its visitors to approach the foxes. Between light and shadow, good and evil, ambivalence is everywhere, as in a dream.
Susan FRYE, architect and teacher of landscape architecture at the University of New Mexico, Katya CRAWFORD and Veree PARKER SIMONS, teachers of landscape architecture at the University of New Mexico
Katya Crawford teaches landscape architecture full time at the University of New Mexico. She also runs a small private practice with her partner Jay Rice.
Susan Frye is a partner with Lee Gamelsky Architects in Albuquerque, and also teaches part time in the Landscape Architecture Department at UNM.
Veree Parker Simons is an architectural designer and part-time teacher in both architecture and landscape architecture at the University of New Mexico.
Katya, Susan and Veree all live and work in New Mexico.