Le Cycle at Jardin de Metis, Metis, Quebec is a temporary garden installation that plays on the cyclic nature of biology through playful sculptural forms that remain stationary and move. It intends to broaden the scope of the Jardin de Metis gardens to include more family oriented and playful design considerations that may engage visitors of all ages and accomdate seating, iconic photographic moments & playful interaction.
The idea was born simply from a confluence of cultural and natural phenomena, the dung beetle and japanese practice of kokedama. The Dung Beetle, a character who thrives on the most unlikely of foods, pushing and pulling large spherical balls of excrement is both amusing and an lesson in the broader biological forces that lead from decomposition to life. and back The practice of kokedama is a fascinating work that brings a magical and clearly cultural geometry to horticulture. Through this combination we hoped to not only provide meaningful pedagogy, but playful and magical forms that would endure while also being cyclic and environmentally responsible.
As the oversized balls of soil take root funghi and native plant species will thrive and consume the balls evenetually leading to the spherical form deforming and dissappearing after many years.
ROLE- Design Lead concept through DD, Graphic design Lead, DD-CD detail coordinator & designer.
FIRM/TEAM- FS Studio/ Alec Hawley, Sehgyung Kang
SCALE- 200 meters
LOCATION- Metis, Quebec, Canada
CLIENT- The Reford Gardens