The Artficial Garden is inspired by how artificial nature is often created and styled in indoor public spaces. The Artificial Garden installation, which was part of the art route during Into the Great Wide open, a music and arts festival on a small dutch island called Vlieland in the North of Holland, used props from domestic garden centers, specially designed products like pond foggers and fake gravel that are invented to create ‘natural’ effects. We created a garden that was completely build up out of artificial plants and these decorative objects and placed it in the outdoor; the middle of the Vlieland forest. The main goal was to bring both the artificial and the real together and let them blend with one another. This resulted in blurred lines between what was experienced as real and what was not. Besides being an observation point of the real and the fake, the garden also functioned as a place to relax and sit down; people would take their place on the plastic garden furniture to listen to the surrounding birds, the water falling from the fountain and to observe the different natures they were situated in.
The Artificial Garden was commissioned by Into the Great Wide Open music and arts festival 2015, Vlieland, NL.