ilence” explores the concept of quiet in a world of sensory overload. Central to the design is a monumental spiral of distressed concrete that represents separation from the outside. An inverted cone widens toward the sky, creating a dramatic play of light and shadow and an exhilarating feeling of space. Those outside the concrete “peep” into the garden through Morse code messages punctured into the walls at varying eye levels, and through slits where the walls nearly meet. The messages themselves represent noise. Inspired by the natural world, hard-and soft-scape elements create a spiritual experience. Foliage recolonizes broken concrete, while groundcovers and moss soften fissured paving. Water calms the space and Rain Trees (Albizia saman) with elegant, wide branches offer shade. The entrance to the garden is intentionally obscured to create a sense of drama, pulling visitors in for even a momentary respite from the cacophony of the day. LYNN FELICI-GALLANT
A spiral can create a feeling of either calm or desperation. On the one hand, there is comfort in walking toward a destination; on the other, it can be jarring to travel toward an unknown end. A calming planting plan and limited color palette can make all the difference between a soothing or chaotic journey.
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