WINNERS GARDEN FESTIVAL "GARDENS and PEOPLE"
The 3rd Moscow International Festival of Landscape Art, Gardening and Nursery Sector “Gardens and People” was held from August 19 to September 4 in VDNH, Russia’s largest outdoor exhibition space, renovated after reconstruction.
In 2016 “Garden and People” festival was invited to become the co-organizer of the international exhibition “Flowers”, which is the largest professional exhibition of green industry. It is expected that the partnership between "Gardens & People" and the international exhibition "Flowers", which had been already held for 23 times, will give a new impact to the industry by bringing together under one roof nurserymen, gardeners, landscape designers and florists.
The dialog of traditions and innovations, entrepreneurship and the state, landscape art and business – it what is necessary for the development and prosperity of all the green market participants.
The theme chosen for the competition projects in 2016
was "Garden Time". Annie Guilfoyle, who led the festival's jury, is a garden
designer, the founder of the Creative Landscapes Company, Director of the Garden
Design Department in the KLC Design School of Hampton Court Palace, and the
award-winning landscape architect holding different prestigious awards,
including RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal.
The Black Box Garden
The Black Box Garden was inspired by the world-famous work “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich, which had become the “painted” declaration of the brand new language of artistic expression, abandoning realism for the simplicity of colours and forms. Entering the garden the visitors go down the slope to the Malevich’s pavilion. On either side of the pavilion there is an abstract scene representing forest fire. The pavilion itself is paneled with burnt timber, and this part of the garden symbolizes the perception of the world by adults. The pavilion acts as a kind of time machine, wherefrom the visitors can look at the garden through a child’s eyes from the outside where meadow plantings rampage.
Garden Name: Time in the Garden
Designers: Elena Dubnova, Olga Kvetkovskaya, Living Form Architecture Studio
frequently called the fourth dimension of the garden. The project represents a
living body which undergo certain changes in the course of time. Each of its
distinct elements lives, grows, and restructures. The garden arrangement and
framework vary with the season. The exposition displayed is made in the form of
arrays of diverse plants. Drifting in space, various dogwood, small reed, and
grass lawn patterns contour the green “cabinets”. Due to the differences in
height, diverse framework elements create a wave, integrated by common direction
of movement. The green “cabinets” are provided with decorative setting. Standard
lamp, chairs and wicket gates against the background of distinctly cut out
dogwood create comfortable and secure lounge areas, representing stopping points
for time moments.
From the perspective of summer’s 2010 events in Russia, namely of the forest fires, which were flaming in various parts of our country, including Togliatti, the garden concept focuses on the idea that the time required for destruction is far less than for recovery. The central element of the garden is a devastated landscape remained from the burnt forest. Dead and scorched trees, wild grasses, which render charred ruins habitable, and timid thicket sprouting, still requiring a very long time to become large trees.
Immersed into the atmosphere of tension, red-yellow, flame-coloured part of the
garden, bordered by a dark streak emblematic of fire ditches which were used to
cut off the fire, comes in contact with a small islet of intact nature where the
water represented by Perovskia plants serves as a barrier for fire propagation.
The habitual comfort of the civilized world combined
with the vigor and delicacy of unexplored wilderness is a dream of modern people
living in the cities. The sharper is the boundary between the two worlds, the
more intense are the feelings. But people are not the first to like this
wonderful place: among the stones there reveals an ancient artifact – a sun
In Good Time – The Braer Company Project
In our fast moving time with accelerating pace of life and constant stress, people, for the most part, can communicate only in snatches: by means of social media or at the much-anticipated weekend. For this reason we decided to make the garden a private space where people will be able to communicate with each other in a pleasant atmosphere. As such a private place they, for example, can use the green cabinet, hidden in the flowering growth of a hedge maze which, at the same time, remains open from all the four sides.
The center element of the garden, banding people together and tuning them for living face-to-face communication, is a fireplace with ardent light, which since ancient times was used to gather families and friends around the warm fire. The concept of a fireplace perfectly characterizes the meaning of “friendship” itself. It also reminds of the Hedgehog from the famous and well-liked Soviet/Russian animated film who, just as the majority of modern people, roams in a fog of his life and feels very happy each time when he manages to meet a soul-mate to sit together by the fire. Paving on the site is made of small tiles imitating embers and sparks scattering from the fire. Then it changes into paths with broader tiles inviting the visitors into the garden. The mist around the plants adds privacy to the place which looks mysterious in the dusk, and feels comfortable during the hot weather. We are sure that in such a comfortable place people will by all means find some time to get together around the fireplace and will be happy to share a good time with each other, communicating, exchanging news and experiences, singing songs or simply looking at the fire just like the Hedgehog in the Fog with his friends.
Time For Harvest
A time to gather anything is a stage of life when we begin to analyze the results of our deeds. “As you sow, you shall mow”, - the old adage tells us. “What you give is what you get”, - the Bible says. In late summer there comes a beautiful time when the gardens completely transform and convey some special meaning. All around us there appear fruit, fragrant jam, and tight ears of wheat. The nature presents its generous gifts to each one who was grateful, overseeing, hardworking and creative…
of the garden is used as a prototype
of Bénard cell. Such convection
structure acts as the major source
establishing the order in the
universe, and the polygonized
structures strict succession
reflects the ability of organized
matter to withstand chaos. It is the
common consistency that provides the
possibility of the Earth existence
without destruction in the course of
Dedication to Tchaikovsky.
The change of
seasons – can you imagine anything
that is more natural and beautiful?
It is surely for a reason that this
theme is so commonly reflected in
different works of art. In December
2016 it will be 140 years since the
first edition of twelve short
character pieces for solo piano by
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, collected
under common name “The Seasons”, was
published. “The Seasons” are
considered to be some kind of the
composer’s musical diary which
reflects his personality and
emotional experiences. His music
reveals geographical vastness of
Russia, pictures of native nature,
habitual countryside life, and city
landscapes of St. Petersburg,
including northern summer “white”
nights. Images, associations, and
emotions inspired by the music were
reflected in the exhibition garden.
This memorial project represents our
gratitude to the great Russian
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE ART OBJECT
A Hut with
description: The concept of this
garden originates from childhood.
Just imagine: summertime, heat,
tallgrass, and an ideal hideaway,
associated with the fondest memories
of the childhood – a hut, or a tree
house… Is there a single person who
never built it when a child? It was
considered to be a very good chance
to get somewhere an old wooden
window frame to complete it with
lumps of planks and plywood to make
the “top style” hut which was
already more of a real architectural
building. By some miracle, it
survived in the garden for many long
years giving joy not to a single
generation of children. It became
covered with soft and warm moss,
overgrew with weeds, thus through
the years more and more merging with
the garden’s landscape. These fond
memories, an idyllic reflection of
childhood underlined the concept of
the garden with the hut-like
pavilion. The asymmetrical pavilion
made of symbolically-rendered window
frame and long pitched roof, planted
with cover-ground crassula and
sedums (extensive green roof) is
sure to become the favorite place of
the new generations of children. The
pavilion can be used to play, to
gather the whole family for lunch or
simply dreaming sitting on top of a
roof, and exposing the face to the
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE ART OBJECT
“There is no
time!” – just think, how often we
hear modern people saying this,
busily running around with plenty of
disorganized thoughts. At least
sometimes each of us should find
spare time to HEAR ONESELF.
Regarding this the Relax Garden
represents an absolutely timeless
space with no way to just run into
it for a moment. Water gazing makes
a visitor to stop for a kind of
meditation during which one can for
a bit reflect on the eternal things.
It is symbolic of the garden that
all its “plants” are depicted in the
framework of solid inanimate matter
(including ceramics and upholstery),
which offers visitors the
possibility to experience the flow
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE ART OBJECT
Garden Name: Time Spiral
Designer: Evgeniya Russu, Alveder Landscape Company (Samara, Russia)
Welded sculpture “Borean” by metalsmith Anatoly Sokolov; Chaos-Art Workshop (Samara, Russia)
Illustrator: Anna Zaslavskaya (Samara, Russia)
In ancient times there existed highly developed civilizations on Earth, the most prominent of which were Atlantis and Hyperborea. Affected by some external factor, Atlantis went under the water, while Hyperborea survived. The external influence resulted in the so-called Pole Shift which, in its turn, incurred an abrupt climate change. The science and culture of people used to living in cold climate with lack of sunlight kept establishing and developing for over than thousands of years. But the Earth gradually got colder and all living things ceased to exist. The most advanced technologies of one of the greatest civilizations ever turned out to be powerless at the face of disaster. People who achieved a very high spiritual level took a decision to abandon the Earth. Their souls ascended to the other universe, leaving the breathless corpses in the homeworld. The time spiral made another regular loop, and after millions of years the life began to return to the Earth again filling the free space and giving the possibility of new evolution cycle to start for another civilization.