working with patterns, order, color and density, the ‘vertical line garden’ installation, presented for the international garden festival in quebec, canada, is a play on formal traditional gardens with contemporary readymade means and hyper unnatural materials. the main material forming the installation, barricade tape, is typically used to delineate a perimeter and keep people out of a particular area. here however it is used precisely to bring visitors into the space and entice them to inhabit it.


the interior space of the ‘vertical line garden’ designed by the canadian duo
all images © coryn kempster

 

 

the ‘vertical line garden’ installation designed by canadian artists julia jamrozik + coryn kempster, is meant to be experienced, explored, and occupied. for this purpose custom bent steel and fabric lounge chairs are provided.


the barrier tape that forms the installation is being activated by a light breeze

 

 

julia jamrozik + coryn kempster’s ‘vertical line garden’ along with its canopy of colorful lines is both graphic and playful. as a space it encourages interaction without being prescriptive about use. while adults enjoy the comfort of the loungers and take pleasure in the moment of repose that the garden provides, youngsters use the tape as maze to run through, frolic in and explore.


the barrier tape being activated by a strong gust of wind

 

 

drawing on the formal language of historical garden design, and the contemporary means of mass-produced safety and construction materials, ‘vertical line garden’ is a graphic and spatial intervention. the installation introduces man-made elements into the cultivated natural environment of les jardins de métis. through this juxtaposition of the manufactured and the natural, a dialogue is created, based on the shared theme of protection and necessary safeguarding.


an engulfing space for adults to repose and for young ones to interact with the porous installation


the strands of tape vary in length for young ones to run through


detail view of the manmade barrier tape


detail view of the manmade barrier tape


a contemplative space to linger for people of all ages


the movement of the wind reveals the porosity of the installation


a full multi-sensory experience
image © martin bond


the ‘vertical line garden’ installation seen from afar

 

 

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