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Garden of Peace French > The 100 year old garden, 2019

Garden of Peace French > The 100 year old garden, 2019
Sunday October 20th, 2019 Marine Bigot
  • Zonnebecke, Jardin de la Paix français au Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, 2019 - Mathieu Gontier & Pierre David - Wagon Landscaping © Wagon Landscaping
  • Zonnebecke, Jardin de la Paix français au Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, 2019 - Mathieu Gontier & Pierre David - Wagon Landscaping © Wagon Landscaping
  • Zonnebecke, Jardin de la Paix français au Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, 2019 - Mathieu Gontier & Pierre David - Wagon Landscaping © Wagon Landscaping

Garden of Peace French > The 100 year old garden, 2019

The 100 year old garden evokes a century of peace that has allowed a rich and abundant nature to colonize and evolve on lands destroyed by war. A hundred years ago … The war ended to leave behind families, as well as landscapes, devastated. In the afforestation plot where the French Peace Garden is inscribed, a seasoned eye can see these decades of history under its eyes because the forest has regained its rights: it has gone from a “pioneer” stage (colonizing vegetation freshly returned soils) at an “advanced” stage (vegetation rich in afforestation under development that can reach a state of climax without human intervention). This evolution, visible, of 100 years of peace is all that the garden presents to the public by discreet circulations and times of breaks to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the forest. It shows the different environments that make up a wood, from clearing to dense afforestation. In the small space of the garden, this century-old “forest extract” is presented in a concentrated way in order to read the stages of evolution of the forest and to trace the time of history, in a form of intimacy that offers the calm of the site. In this mosaic of forest landscapes, felled trees are left behind, an undergrowth is gardened, a clearing offers a skylight to allow the small fauna (peaks, insects, small mammals) to come and live in the spirit of the garden and participate, to a certain extent, in a form of praise for life that the forest magnifies.

“He had not worried about the war at all. He had imperturbably continued to plant. ” L’homme qui plantait des arbres – Jean Giono

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Mathieu Gontier & Pierre David - Wagon Landscaping

 
Born in 1981, the landscape designer Mathieu Gontier is a graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure du paysage de Versailles. His agency, Wagon Landscaping, endeavours to find simple and economical answers, suitable for the needs of users and the area being worked on. A practice based on what’s « already there » at the service of the site and the environment with development projects located in France, Marseille and Dunkirk, not forgetting Paris, Belgium and Russia ! Pierre David studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage de Versailles-Marseille, where he learned ecology, project economics, genius loci and the design of spaces. He also participated in the International garden festival - Hortillonages Amiens 2019.