Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Suspended Worlds 1

Wout's Dutch Landscape got me thinking about Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger, most noted for their work "Falling Garden" in the San Staë church on the Canale Grande during the 2003 Biennial of Venice. Their explanation for building a suspended garden are amongst the most reasonable reasons I've ever come across.

The Doge (Mocenigo) needed a church so as to be able to have a monumental tomb built for himself, the church (San Staë) needed a saint so as to be able to be built, the saint (San Eustachio) needed a miracle so as to be pronounced a saint, the miracle needed a stag in order to be seen, and we built the garden for the reindeer.The visitors lie on the bed above the doge’s gravestone, and the garden thinks for them.

Images of other beautiful work found on the official website below. Don't be fooled; clicking on the main picture of each subheading produces more images of each work. Having a fetish for libraries, "Soul Warmer" Abbey Library of St.Gall, 2005 especially calls to me.

They will be installing a work at ACCA in Melbourne shortly. Must see.

All photographs by Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger

TA for h~fh

1 comment:

viera said...

Thanks for a great tip for my stairs collection.