Carrés fertiles > Atelier de l’Ours, 2018
On the Clermont lake, a strange vegetable garden has been floated onto the water by the landscapers of the “Atelier de l’Ours”. Halfway between the land and the water, its fertile plots highlight the silent dialogue that takes place between the fields and the streams. It is thanks to the hard work of a handful of market gardeners every year that the “Hortillonnages” still exists. The market gardeners dredge the canals and use the shellfish thus harvested to fertilise their crops and ensure the survival of the area and at the same time perpetuating the traditional method of fertilising the land. The market garden imagined by the landscapers is balanced between these two worlds, one aquatic and the other terrestrial: the floating vegetable plots correspond to the raised beds, this time planted in open ground. Between the two, the centre line of the pontoon symbolises the convergence of these two entities, and its anchorage in a broader context of the landscape, that of the “Venice” of Picardy vegetables. In addition to promoting the vocabulary of the vegetable gardens, the plots will be used for experimentation, current studies include crop rotation and combination of crops, which will continue the heritage of the market gardeners.
l'Atelier de l'Ours : Virgile Piercy, Nicolas Jeanronod, Juliette Guenard