This garden looks like a sundial made of plants that accompanies visitors along a trail where the sensations mingle and intermingle. Indeed, unconsciously we each associate sensations, feelings and perceptions to create our own universe. This garden resembles the sensations that each of us feels at a given time of day. The heat and dazzling light usher in midday, balminess drifts off to sleep at dusk, dreams invade at nighttime and dew heralds the morning. Some sensations are expected, others less so – agreeable to varying degrees, appearing and disappearing in this astonishing itinerary.
The visit begins in a hot, dry atmosphere bathed in light: midday. Mirrors arranged on the ground reflect the sky and the sun, while intermittent flashes startle us. We gently make our way towards the mild evening where we catch glimpses of cotton-wool-like plants and sweet fragrances sweep us up into a calm and tender atmosphere before night falls. Thick, dark vegetation, suggestively shaped topiaries and a tense atmosphere pulsating to the sound of heartbeats plunge us into the night. We can’t help but let our imaginations take flight as our memories come flooding back. Slowly but surely, dawn creeps upon us, the morning mist and dew appear and the plants eagerly lap up the drops of dew on their leaves. Last but not least the tick-tock of a clock and alarms can be heard, waking us up from our experience of an entire day in the space of a few minutes.
Claire MICLON, Sandrine MEURS, Christopher LIMBOURG, Mai-Linh SONET and Paul Michael KOESTLER, students
Vincent DUPONT-ROUGIER, teacher
ÉCOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS MODERNES DE PARIS
From left to right: Claire Miclon, Sandrine Meurs, Christopher Limbourg, Mai-Linh Sonet and Paul Michael Koestler
“I am a student of interior architecture whose initial education took place in Paris. After obtaining my baccalaureate, I went on to study applied arts, spending a preparatory year at a private school before enrolling at the ESAM (Higher School of Modern Arts) to study design in interior architecture and design. My studies have enabled me to develop my inventiveness and creativity, and to acquire greater knowledge in my chosen sphere with each passing year, as well as to widen my knowledge in other fields. My various professional experiences have all helped strengthen my choice of study path and the hope of setting up my own office one of these days and exercising a profession whose diversity and complexity fascinates me.”
“I am currently in my 4th year as a student of interior architecture and design at the ESAM Design in Paris. I love photography and painting, both of which are major sources of inspiration for my creations. After qualifying as an interior architect and designer, I hope to continue my studies in the field of Visual Arts in order to complement and diversify my education.”
“I came to Paris from the country – Ardennes to be exact – to study interior architecture and design at ESAM Design. I have loved architecture, art and design ever since I can remember, so studying architecture and design was a natural enough choice for me. Combined with my own culture, my studies enable me to develop my creativity and imagination, and to combine my knowledge, skills and ideas. Curious by nature and always willing to learn something new, I attach major importance to nature and the world of plants, which are a major source of inspiration to me, enabling me to conceive and create concrete projects.”
“I was born in Pontault Combault and have always lived in the Paris suburbs. I have been drawn to the arts since my early childhood and enrolled at ESAM Design in Paris in 2009 to study interior architecture and design – I am currently in my fourth year there. Naturally curious and good with my hands, I am interested in design and DIY, and bring my creations into being myself. I have always had a fascination for renovating things, which has helped me develop my sensibilities and creativity in the realm of interior architecture.”
Paul Michael Koestler
“I am a native of the Paris region and was educated at a lycée in Yvelines. After a final year on the science side, I decided to devote myself to my real passion, underwater diving, and moved to the St Mandrier military base to enrol in a course to qualify as a mine-clearance diver. After a few years, I decided to go back to my family in Yvelines and pick up my studies again, turning to the field of interior architecture. I am currently in my fourth year and am really passionate about my future career, which will enable me to acquire new knowledge and express myself through my creativity, which I am putting to the test in a variety of professional situations.”