realization october 2018
The garden is about learning, about overcoming adverse situations, and taking up responsibility; this is a possible link to dealing with the terrors of World War I, where literally the soil was turned over. We propose a garden project that is not oriented towards form, but towards process and practice. We aim to primarily highlight the authenticity of the site and make it more accessible. At three sites, distributed over the larger Vieux Craonne, a thin ring of stainless steel, will mark a representative focus of intensified curiosity, care, and attention. The rigid steel rings react with and underline the dramatic topography of the area. Here, the soil of the battle ground will be recultivated: within the rings thousands of bulbs are planted – individually, over the years. During most periods of the year, inhabitants and visitors can bring bulbs of so me thirty different plants and set them into the ground. Starting with the inauguration of the garden in autumn, the planting of bulbs will be an on-going activity at the site.