A moving garden

A moving garden

In the spring of 2012, precisely a year before doing my Aire Walk along the Aire River outside Geneva in May 2013, I had the great experience of visiting the river for the first time together with good colleague Thomas Juel Clemmensen and candidate students from Studio Urban Nature 2011/2012.

While there I was struck by the poetic beauty of the work carried out by ADR Architects and Georges Descombes who – inspired by the American poet Jim Harrison – told us that ‘how the water moves is how the earth is shaped’.

How the water moves.

This image has stayed in my mind since. The river being at one and the same time a territorial substrate and a moving garden. An image that can – to a large extent – best be conveyed through the ambient and moving images of video.

While in Geneva in 2012 I made the video sketch ‘A Moving Garden’ (2012) in which I relate Descombes garden project along the water of the Voiret in Lancy to the water of the Aire River – the Voiret being a tributary to the Aire.

The idea of a moving garden like the Aire River has become very relevant in my own work as a teaching researcher at the Aarhus School of Architecture. Here I am contributing to the establishment of an experimental and experiential landscape laboratory in the valley of Dead Creek, which will draw upon the erotic beauty of the Aire River Garden as well as urban biodiversity and the intimate aesthetics of Nordic garden art.

How the water moves.

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