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Hortillonnages International Garden Festival – Amiens 2019

 


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Chasse aux fleurs

Chasse aux fleurs
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 Marine Bigot

On this island, the project of Dutchman Joost Emmerik is based on his observation of the Hortillonnages, where the constantly changing landscape has seen its market gardening activity erode over time. Little by little, ornamental trees, plaster statues and borders of colourful flowers have replaced the rows of leeks, cabbages and carrots. Each gardener has created a private paradise, and the cultivated marsh is transformed into an archipelago of pleasure gardens. In the middle of this flowery panorama, hunters hide in their huts covered with branches, and wait patiently for the ducks to pass by. The landscaper has noted that in a paradoxical way, the huts stand out in the middle of colourful gardens, instead of being hidden. The Chasse aux fleurs garden solves this contradiction in a humorous way, with an updated camouflage that can satisfy both gardeners and hunters at the same time. Its planting scheme takes the brown and khaki shapes of the camouflage pattern and reinterprets them with colourful annuals. Finally, a hunting hut, entirely covered with flowers, blends in and is invisible among the shimmering flower beds.

The artist

Joost Emmerik

 
Born in 1979 in the Netherlands, Joost Emmerik is a garden designer and teacher-researcher. He is a trained architect and urban planner and a graduate of the Technical University Delft. In his search for serene simplicity, he features clear lines, robust materials and luxuriant plantations in his creations, for installations that gain in exuberance over the course of time.