Building on the success of last year, the International Garden Festival, in collaboration with the Musée de la civilisation of Quebec City, renewed this summer the installation Roof Line Garden by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster on the roof terrace of the Museum. As a reinterpretation of Line Garden, installed every year since 2014 on the site of the Reford Gardens, in Grand-Métis, the Roof Line Garden II of the Musée de la civilisation offers the public a new outdoor space of enchantment and relaxation.
In Grand-Métis, for the 20th International Garden Festival, the project takes the name of Swing Line Garden. Here it is presented in the same colors as in Quebec City, and visitors are invited to sway under the canopy on an array of swings.
Barricade tape is a ubiquitous, man-made material, typically used to delineate a perimeter and keep people out, but in Roof Line Garden II and Swing Line Garden, it invites visitors in, creating a playful and vibrant canopy.
The visitors are invited to settle there, to live an experience at the same time visual and auditory, which changes according to the intensity of the light and the wind and the resultant varying rustling of the ribbons.
This year, designers Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster were inspired by the color contrasts of poisonous frogs hiding in the foliage of a plant and the theme of natural science. The installation thus has colors that are linked to Venenum: A Poisonous World and Curiosities of the Natural World, the two main exhibitions of the Musée de la civilisation.
Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster are Canadian artists and designers based in Buffalo, New York. Julia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Buffalo, and Coryn is an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Working together since 2003, they strive to create objects, spaces and situations that transform everyday life in a playful and stimulating way. Their work has been awarded with the League Prize by the Architecture League of New York in 2018. www.ck-jj.com.
INTERNATIONAL GARDEN FESTIVAL
The International Garden Festival is recognized as one of the most important events of its kind in North America and one of the leading annual garden festivals in the world. Since 2000, more than one million visitors have discovered over 180 contemporary and ephemeral gardens created by designers from 15 countries. This artistic and tourism event also gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces bringing together the visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment. The Festival is an annual rendez-vous for admirers of contemporary gardens and design as well as offering a unique creative space for those involved in the renewal of this art form.
Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens are located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers in Québec, Canada. Created from 1926 to 1958 by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford, the gardens are a national historic site designated. Les Jardins de Métis are considered one of the premier gardens in North America. They are an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Québec and the Gaspésie region. Hydro-Québec has been a major partner of the Reford Gardens since 1999.
Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival are open every day up to Sunday, October 6. Admission is free for children 13 and under.
Visit www.refordgardens.com for further information.