Forbidden Fruit | Jarden De Metis International Garden Festival Proposal 2014
We take great measure to secure the things we hold precious, and when those things are in the midst of nature, conflict arises. What are important players to an ecology are often considered pests to the garden--the arena where we attempt to encapsulate and manipulate the natural to appease our tastes and desires. In order to achieve this we construct elaborate barriers and concoctions for protection against the creatures that buzz in our ears, eat our fruit, and infest our foliage.
Forbidden Fruit uses the defense material of cyan orchard netting to create a garden of layered translucent curtains that mask and slowly unravel as one enters to reveal a precious center. A small gravel path is cut into a wildflower meadow attracting both the creatures we allow, and repel from the garden. When we do find the center, we not only see our own reflection, but see it amongst our defenses and the natural world, entangled as one unfolding event.