by Vanna Villa

For the 2013 edition of the International Garden Festival, the leading contemporary garden festival in North America, architect Johan Selbing and landscape architect Anouk Vogel have produced Courtesy of Nature, “a contextual installation that invites the visitor to reflect upon our relation to nature.”

“Is nature something to cherish? To protect? To tame? To exploit? What if instead of designing the content we solely concentrated on designing the container?” asks Selbing and Vogel. “Instead of creating a new object to be placed on existing exhibition grounds, an exhibition space is designed around existing elements. Could, by doing so, a new light be projected on what belongs to the local environment, making the seemingly banal appear extraordinary? The museum is, after all, a place conceived for seeing.”

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