The Outside-In garden by architects Meir Lobaton Corona and Ulli Heckmann, is conceived as a visual paradox for the 22nd International Garden Gestival of Chaumont Sur Loire, France - a device that enhances conditions in order to make the audience realize how by relying only on sight, they rely on imagination. The intervention provides a sense of how vision can become a shield that precludes the possibility of having a holistic experience of life - one that involves the entire body and that extends beyond it.
The experience of the garden begins when the visitor finds himself confronted with a seemingly void space, only the sound of his footsteps walking on top of the red sand surface and a minimalist white box mysteriously levitating sixty centimeters above the ground complement his experience. The weightless, 5x8 meter semi-cubic volume – defined by a translucent white skin– takes almost one third of the extension of the garden and works as a floating canvas where a mono-chromatic world of shadows are cast, suggesting the presence of what seams to be a tiny and inaccessible chunk of forest confined within. Only when gazing inside –either by crouching down and looking under it or peeking through one of the peepholes scattered on top of the white surface – the visitor is drawn into an illusory space in which trees and plants vanish into the distance. The effect is attained by incorporating four covered interior faces with two-way mirrors that create a seemingly infinite forest reflected in all directions.
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