TILT by ATLRG (Chris Wiebe, Sean Radford, Brian Pearson)
2013 Competition Winner
TILT is an original garden celebrating the inaugural Winnipeg Cool Gardens exhibition. Finding roots in the formal geometries of the labyrinth and the many informal camping traditions in the Manitoba landscape, TILT is a transformable and inhabitable place for visitors to act, or to idle, however they may be inclined. It’s movement conjures a school of fish, or a flock of birds, flitting in opposite directions, remaining as a whole. TILT provides simple intimate spaces in congregation, retrieving memories of long days in short seasons, time spent alone and among neighbours, to embrace the feeling of shared disconnection, together.
Blue Stick Garden by Claude Cormier et Associés
2013 Invited Artist
Blue Stick Garden made its debut in 2000 at the first edition of the Métis International Garden Festival in one of Quebec’s most renowned historical gardens. Two iconic symbols of the Métis garden are the Himalayan Blue Poppy and the famous English mixed border garden called the ‘Long Walk’. The Blue Stick Garden abstracts the Victorian garden precedent with pixelated precision and a shock of colour drawn from the nuances of the blue poppy itself. Visitors enter a landscape that is familiar, and leave in an altered state from the unexpected combination of colour and movement. Simple yet complex, and universal in its appeal, the award-winning Blue Stick Garden has had an incredible effect on public perception as a contemporary experience firmly anchored in the context of traditional gardening practices. It has sparked renewed dialogue about the possibilities of what a garden can be.