Suspended Animation
Jardins de Metis International Garden Festival 16th Edition
Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, Grand-Métis, QC, Canada, December 2015


Response:
Marco Lambertini, the Director General of the WWF International has stated recently that “in less than two human generations, population sizes of vertebrate species have dropped by half.” This is no minor change. With so much death attributed in large part to human induced environmental change, such as habitat loss and global warming, it follows that a movement in landscape architecture / garden design will being to recognize the potential of working with / profiting from decay.

The hanging conifer trees of this proposal will slowly change in colour and form over the course of the summer. Beginning with dense and fragrant foliage, the trees will dry and drop all of their needles, representing the death of the tree, but the hope for new life.
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