‘The Black Box Garden’ Moscow Festival of Gardens and People 2016

Posted on 21st September 2016


The garden was called ‘The Black Box garden’ and was inspired by Kasimir Malevich’s famous ‘Black Square’ painting which represented a new language of art abandoning reality in favour of the simplicity of shapes and colour.
As visitors entered the garden they descended a ramped path towards the black box Malevich pavilion. Either side of them an abstracted scene represented a forest fire.  The pavilion itself was clad with burnt timber and this part of the garden symbolised an adult’s perception of the world.
The pavilion however acted as a time machine and once inside visitors were beneath ground level and their view outside was at the height of a small child. Perspective was altered and the scape through the windows was of an uplifting ornamental meadow. An aperture cut in the roof of the pavilion with a large square bench beneath beneath allowed visitors to lie back and be absorbed in the sky; perhaps to dream of flying or to create a new world from the shapes of the clouds above.
On a daily basis we see violence, anger and bloodshed around the World.  Most of it is caused by adults and is the result of a difference in perception. I love the simplicity of Malevich’s ‘black square’ and the sentiment behind it and wanted my Black box to remind people of how as children we shared a common perception of the world around us; of being in the moment, innocent, non judgemental and care free.

The Garden was awarded the ‘Grand Prix’ award.