07. Le jardin qui chante
The singing garden
published at 20/03/2019
Le Jardin qui chante invites us into the Persan Pairidaeza of the Koran: in the shade of the fruit trees, the melodious birdsong reminds us of a time of harmony between humans and nature.
Behind a thick plant curtain lies an orchard providing refreshing cool air and a pleasant place to rest, lying on cushions, looking up at the sky through the foliage and observing the nests of exotic birds in the branches. On the ground, the protective wicker sanctuary echoes these cosy shelters. Young and old alike will be struck by the magic.
Le Jardin qui chante questions our perception of nature and the enclosed space. The use of sound evokes the fragile but resilient nature of the natural world. The sound will get louder and stop, reminding us that the impact humans have on the world we share can be destructive to other life forms.
The planted areas are inspired by four mythical rivers containing milk, honey, wine and water.
The use of recycled materials will subtly highlight the environmental challenges we are currently facing.
It is about creating a peaceful place while addressing important issues linked to cultivated and wild spaces.
Julia FOGG, landscape architect, and Anny EVASON, artist
Julia Fogg has comprehensive experience in the field of Art and Design following initial training in theatre design before moving into designing gardens and landscapes, writing, teaching and lecturing. She is also based in France, in the Gard, where she has designed and implemented gardens. She is a member of The Society of Garden Designers and The Institute of Horticulture and an Associate Member of The Landscape Institute.
Professional awards: RHS Medal winner + exhibitor. Exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show; Prize-winner Floreales d'Angers competition; Prizewinner The Millennium Garden of Peace - The Royal Hospital; Prizewinner International Festival of Gardens – Westonbirt.
Anny Evason is an artist whose practice encompasses fine art, landscape and theatre. She has worked in partnership with Julia Fogg for over 15 years designing gardens and public spaces.
Recent Awards and Projects include: Residency CAMP Aulus les Bains, France; Residency FEA Saint-Quentin-la-Potterie, France; Common Ground. Group show Rye Art Gallery, UK; Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London, UK; A Garden Enclosed, Audio and Drawing Installation, ACE funded The Creative Centre Rye, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK ; East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK; Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Hampshire, UK; Horder Healthcare Centre Crowborough, East Sussex, UK; Private clients UK, Italy, France; Lansbury Festival London, UK; National Theatre, London, UK; Young Vic Theatre, London, UK; New VicTheatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK; Australian Opera, Sydney, Australia; Nimrod Theatre Co., Sydney Australia
Shortlisted Jackson’s Open Painting Prize; Shortlisted SKETCH2017 The Rabley Drawing Prize, UK; Shortlisted The John Ruskin Prize, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield. Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK.