The World Vision Garden
I’m not usually that sure about what you might call ‘land art’. I tend to find myself wondering how you’re going to mow an inverted grass cone, and other such imagination-killing practicalities.
But in this case: to hell with the mowing conundrum. Marry land art with a sheet of water and you have absolute sculptural perfection.
The thought behind the garden was that the mound above the water represented the children who have all they need; the sunken grassy pit was those in poverty. The screens fragment the view and from only one perspective is the sphere seen, in reflection, as a perfect whole.
Oh yes – and the planting was subtle, understated and, I thought, sublime, especially against the brooding slatey greys of the (recycled plastic, though you wouldn’t know it) screens.
Allium giganteum, Ammi majus, Deschampsia cespitosa “Goldschleier’, Gaura lindheimeri “Whirling Butterflies’, Nassella tenuissima, Stipa gigantea, Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum x rochebrunianum ‘Elin’, Verbena “Lavender Spires”, Verbena bonariensis, Veronicastrum virginicum “Fascination”