The Artficial Garden is inspired by how artificial nature is often used and stylized in indoor public spaces. Our inspiration also came from how people arrange and decorate their domestic gardens with specially designed products like pond foggers and fake gravel that are invented to create ‘natural’ effects. We created a garden that we completely build up out of artificial plants and decorative objects and placed it in the middle of the Vlieland forest (small island in the North of Holland). 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 observe the different natures they were in and surrounded with.
The Artificial Garden was commissioned by Into the Great Wide Open music and arts festival 2015, Vlieland, NL.