I have mentioned a few time how a little pocket of the Winter gardens have taken be back to a little town situated in the south-west of Germany, called Trier. That moment in the Gardens imediatly took me back there and in that moment I saw what the gardens could be and the joy I could breathe back into this site.
I presented to my group in a formal presentation, I pitched to my group my redesign project for the Winter gardens, this is the responce I received via email.
The next three images are ones I have created from a series of images I took at the winter gardens on our fist site visit. I have played around with cropping colour and transparancy to create a few images that depicts my overall view of the gardens.
We arrived to studio this morning and were presented with the task of coming up with a pitch in 15 minutes to present to the rest of the studio to convince the other groups to invest in our project.
We wrote out a pitch and all spoke about what connected with us most.
Standing amongst the chaos, overwhelmed by the beauty of nature. On first look this community of species internally consumes the architectural integrity. But as you start to mover around the space and start to really experience it you realise they coexist in such a beautifully chaotic but harmonious way.
Our installation represents the sightings and experiences (both visual and emotional) had within the tropical glasshouse, yet without the humid climate. It allows viewers to be amongst the organic nature and coloured tones of plant life in a metaphorical and abstract way.
To transpose what we’ve collected as a group. We took the colour pallets retractions of the water and the way the light passes through the glasshouses textures and colours in our environment and how that could change the way we not only see the gardens but also internalise them. The elevations and suspension of the jars are based at singular points much like plant to soil giving space for our projection to pass through.
The installation was intended to be visualised and created in an Urban environment. It represents a metaphor of the winter gardens represented in a way that directly referenced attributes of nature but not Visually distinguished by usual characteristics. Eg colours of the gardens, water, reflection, the projection, Hanging plants, hanging bottles etc
We discussed our project up to this point and decided that it needed something more, The bottles were cool but we felt we could take it further. So we got red, blue, yellow and black food colouring and played around with them to create colours that make you feel like you were in the gardens.
After reflecting on our first attempt we realized we needed a plan. We wanted to Create something less airy-fairy and have a better-structured plan So we brainstormed more creative ways to look into transparency without using draped fabric. We came up with using little glass bottle on mass hanging them and seeing what that would look like.
To do this we had to create and board to hang everything from so Kalsey and I went to the work shop to cut, mesure out and drill.
We started off using a plastic mesh as out main material we suspended it from the ceiling with white string and it inhibited the space in a mysterious fluid manner.
Above is a series of images taken of our first installation. I do like the mysterious feel. The one thing I don't like is the materiality, I feel it looks tacky and cheep and isn't sustainable or durable.
For this semester we had to form a study group. Here is a introduction to our study group "Book Club"
Abby Hale Kalsey Goodall Liddy Gwynne Lily Fityus
Book Club//Cafe hop #1
This week we visited Snickel Lane, a new lane way that runs between Fort lane and commerce street. On first glance we were impressed by the lane and the general vibe. It had lovely high ceilings and built in sky lights that met beautiful big windows. It had a industrial loft meets European feel witch we all liked but the more we dissected it the more we found we didn't like.
Ever since I was a kid I would sit on the hill at the domain over looking the winter gardens imagining all the possibilities of what they could be... from a stunning loft style home or a fancy place to wine and dine. So naturally when I first read the brief I was ecstatic!
27:02:18 - first official site visit. I went for a quick wander around and perched myself on a park bench between the two glass houses overlooking the pond, and started to sketch. As I am not really a sketcher I didn’t have high hopes, I really just wanted to focus and have to observe the details I would normally greatly overlook. But I was pleasantly surprised with how my drawing turned out. I liked how the over grown plants on the covered walkways changed the lines in the architecture, and how the brick met the glass or how the top of the glass house had crazy mechanisms. These are all things that on first glance my eye completely missed.
The above images are a few that I took at the gardens of little pockets that stood out to me. Looking back on the images these are the ones that provoked thought and feelings.
Joe a Gardner in the winter gardens had so much knowledge and passion the just spilled out of him.
Joe has been in the job for 17 years, and still loves it. With any question I asked his response seemed to end with "hard case". He was such a quriky dude but we have a lot to learn from him. One thing Joe spoke about was the lighting in the the glass house. He was very passionate and upset by the fact the the council has taken out the historic lighting and replaced them with halogen spot lights that sat perched up in the ceiling.
Another interesting point Joe brought up was that for everything plant that is on display in the Gardens there is at least one other replacement plant exactly the same.