Amiens

Amiens

 

 

A Place to Rest

A Place to Rest

At the tip of the île aux Fagots, a flowery meadow stretches out, wild and colourful.

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Île filtrante

Île filtrante

The BioHaven floating island is a cross between a natural site and a man-made environment: this device, which you could swear was real earth, consists of a base of recycled plastic, a holder for filtering vegetation.

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I wanted to get to the other side

I wanted to get to the other side

On visiting the Hortillonnages, the landscape designer Sarah Ricketts and the artist Alice Cunningham had only one idea in their heads: that the concept of their coming installation should be inspired by the marshland gardens.

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Intervention

Intervention

Elegant and ethereal, the sculpture by the visual artist Phoebe Eustance extends its immaculate lines along the banks of an islet in the Hortillonnages.

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Jardins chromatiques

Jardins chromatiques

Finding a new vocabulary to name each colour shade present in the landscape of the Hortillonnages, that is the aim of the British artist Stig Evans.

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Nature nurture

Nature nurture

Designed by the British visual artist Corinne Felgate, the work Nature Nurture (Amiens) breathes new life into a flotilla of small yellow ducklings: nicknamed Friendly Floatees in Great Britain, these bath toys experienced their hour of glory thanks to the oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer who used them to model marine currents.

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Shifting dimensions

Shifting dimensions

Suspended in the trees by the British visual artist Rosie Morris, these two quadrilaterals attract the curiosity of the walker while blending into their environment.

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Symbiosis - Living Together

Symbiosis - Living Together

This installation, named Symbiosis – Living Together, is inspired by a mechanism well known amongst living beings; symbiosis, the intimate and lasting association between several organisms.

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Water has many voices

Water has many voices

On the Île aux fagots, the marsh gives way to an evocation of Japanese gardens, stroll gardens and tea gardens: these two types of spaces are in fact notable for their strong relationship with water, a little like the Hortillonnages, in an unstable balance between human activity and aquatic forces.

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Willows of Amiens

Willows of Amiens

It was on reading the French writer Marcel Proust that the two British landscape designers Benz Kotzen and Sarah Milliken conceived of the installation Willows of Amiens: at the beginning of the 20th century, Marcel Proust supported the idea that the responsibility of the artist was to confront the appearance of nature and to extract its essence in order to explain it better.

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You give me fever

You give me fever

Will Nash is a British visual artist known for his mathematically precise work: here he uses the repetition of a geometric figure to highlight the space occupied by a tree.

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Banlieue

Banlieue

This six by six metre garden enclosed by high transparent walls is in the tradition of the walled garden, called a hortus conclusus in Latin.

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Hydrophone

Hydrophone

This is the telephone kiosk beloved by the English, in a beautiful vivid red and here planted right in the middle of a reed bed.

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In praise of slow

In praise of slow

This eulogy to slowness is a journey by the water, an amazing route in wood, made from solid wooden blocks, whose arrangement invites the visitor to stop and meditate. Designed by the NineteenEightyOne collective, its incurving shape, in the form of a tunnel of tightly packed interwoven blocks at changing angles, begins first by obscuring the view of the visitor arriving on the plot.

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Interference

Interference

It’s a ripple, an artificial wave created by the movement of the water. To produce this troubling vision, the artist Jo Lathwood has used two panels striped with light and dark lines. One of them is firmly tied up to one of the banks of the étang de Clermont while the second one floats on the surface of the water, opposite its twin.

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Kodiak Island Mini Golf

Kodiak Island Mini Golf

Created by the artist Ben Stewart, “Kodiak Island Mini Golf” is a miniature golf course, a kitsch feature with artificial lawns and piled up ramps, where even more fanciful obstacles are encountered: here, the ball trajectory collides with the grimacing head of a cartoon witch, while further off it's the cubic head of a smiling, pixelised businessman that it finds in its path...

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Le Miroir aux alouettes

Le Miroir aux alouettes

After Last Splash, an installation created for the île aux fagots, the artist Boris Chouvellon has returned with a work entitled Miroir aux alouettes [Decoys].

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The Bench Remains

The Bench Remains

Two benches are hidden in the undergrowth on the île aux Fagots. The first one is functional, and made up of incurving wooden panels which encircle the trees. The second, more improbable, opens out in a crescent shape, reaching up to the foliage and taking the shape of a canopy.

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Traversing the Round

Traversing the Round

Hidden in the hollows of a copse, the work of the artist Julia Heslop blends in with the trees, a structure of wooden planks in harmony with the undergrowth.

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