The 18th International Garden Festival in Quebec, Canada, is now in action with amazing, stimulating, delightful and playful gardens on display.
The 18th edition of the International Garden Festival titled “Playsages” puts the focus on fun – for visitors as well as the designers. The installations are bright, lively and colourful, appealing to the playful side of children and adults and encouraging playful interaction. The Festival name even carries through the theme with “Playsages” a play on words (play + paysages), “paysage” being the French word for landscape.
The Festival called for designers to respond to an increasing alienation from the natural world, with people spending less time outdoors or when they are outside being disconnected from it by ear buds and looking at electronic devices. Six projects were selected from 162 proposals received in response to the invitation to re-think play and take part in the global discussion over nature-deficit disorder. These projects are the new installations on exhibit for the 2017 Festival.
Mini mobile plots of land on wheels. These small wagons for children with gardens growing in them are made available to be chosen, adopted and brought along to visit the Festival site.
By Collectif Escargo [Pierre-Yves Diehl, designer, Karyna St-Pierre, landscape architect & Julie Parenteau, art teacher], Montréal (Québec) Canada.
Sawn timber logs arranged in stepped heights creates an unusual playground that “grows” in the shade of trees. It forms a play space where the children become giants, perched at the top of the wooden causeway.
By Atelier YokYok [Steven Fuhrman, Samson Lacoste & Luc Pinsard, architects, Laure K, teacher & Pauline Lazareff, architect engineer], Paris (France).
Built around a tree trunk, this is an invitation to take a break in time, between childhood and adulthood, to climb into the tree, make a nest and lay there to dream.
By landscape architects Gabriel Lacombe & Virginie Roy-Mazoyer, Vancouver (British Columbia) & Montreal (Quebec) Canada.
These giant play pieces create a tension in our relationship with the landscape and force us to see and hear nature differently.
By MANI [Claudia Campeau, architect & Maud Benech, designer m. arch.], Montreal (Quebec) Canada.
Bells attached to the ends of metal rods create the illusion of mist and clouds where a dialogue with nature begins and where stories can be told.
By Johanna Ballhaus, landscape architect & Helen Wyss, architect, Montreal (Quebec) Canada & Fribourg (Switzerland).
A lonely swing in the forest, a flooded path, a motionless stone. Everything is in place to appreciate the cycle of the forest life.
By architects Francisco A. Garcia Pérez & Alessandra Vignotto, Granada (Spain).
The new installations form part of the Festival’s 18th edition that includes returning work by some of the best and most talented landscape architects, architects and artists from Canada and around the world. Their installations float, tilt and hang. They slide and move around. You can immerse yourself in interaction with the gardens.
The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford between 1926 and 1958. Each year the Festival exhibits about twenty conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St Lawrence River.
The International Garden Festival is currently showing at Les Jardins de Métis and will run until 8 October 2017. The location is at Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis, on route 132 mid-way between Rimouski and Matane, Canada.
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