Competition Entry: Jardin de Metis, Reford Gardens, 2011
The Open Secret Garden is inspired by the childhood experience of finding a playground in the raw materials of a construction site. What appears functional and unformed becomes a realm of possibilities to the beginners mind. The construction site, off-limits and forbidden during the day, becomes an enchanted hideaway after hours, away from adult supervision. A secret world opens up in plain sight but still hidden from view.
The construction materials hold secrets within themselves. They represent a garden as yet unbuilt; the form it might take is limitless. The relationships of the materials are deliberately left ambiguous so that new functions can be imagined. Plastic piping, pallets of stone and lumber, large piles of sand and gravel, and plants still in containers hold future and present possibilities. What the space might become is left unscripted.