Walks in a concave garden


Leaves from different trees and plants were collected from the backyard of my studio at the Berg van Barmhartigheid building in Ghent, Belgium, during the autumn of 2022.

The features of each plant in the garden, and therefore those of the collected leaves, form a combined response to the problem of managing water resources, changes in the amount of daylight and temperature, quantity of chlorophyll, the protection from UV light, and so on.

We can think of the overall image of this yard as what emerges from the union of these responses. Therefore, the garden can be regarded as the field that enables these issues and solutions to be localized in the same space and period.

At the same time, a polyhedron can be constructed as the intersection of a number of half-spaces, each defined by a plane in three dimensions. In other words, the polyhedron is an expressed response to the simultaneous presence of these planes and the way they divide the same space.

Taking walks in a garden and spotting the hues of leaves is maybe similar to playing with a polyhedron in your hands, and discovering its properties.

Walks in a concave garden, 2022
Cotton fabric colored with dyes derived from plant leaves.

The intersection of the eight planes in 3d space resulted in the formation of the polyhedron.
Each plane corresponds to one of the colored fabrics used for the actual realization of the polyhedron.

The intersection of the eight planes and the way the polyhedron is formed (right).