The Metis International Garden Festival is recognized as the largest event of its kind in North America and one of the world’s leading garden festivals. Since 2000, some 900,000 people have discovered around a hundred gardens designed by more than 220 creators from some fifteen countries.
We are pleased our projet made it until the pre-selection in the last 30 designs but unfortunate hasn’t been selected to be realized in 2018. We are actually looking for another Festival to realized this beautiful project in Europe.
We propose to Les Jardins de Métis to make a giant model of the Parthenon built with a hundred bales of hay. Inspired by the creation of the popular German pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel in the 19th century, the box of blocks is an educational program of the most effective awakening by the play of children aged three to six years. Like a trip back in time, the color of the straw is reminiscent of the ocher stone of the ruins and the refined volumes of Fröbel’s wooden blocks. The dimensions of the cylindrical and rectangular straw volumes correspond to half of the dimensions of the Parthenon and respect these rules of classical composition. The use of hay bales as building materials and plants selected for the native plant floor refer to the ubiquitous agroculture present in the area. In the heart of the aligned straw columns, a sensation of monumental intimacy consists in creating a spatial contrast during the visitors’ walk. Kids and adults alike can interact with smaller hay bales randomly placed in the center of the garden.