The avant-garde of contemporary garden design premières in the heart of Tuscany
A forward-looking show of contemporary gardens has been launched earlier at the end of June in Chianciano Terme, one the most renowned thermal resort in Tuscany. The hill-top town, characterized by its distinctive landscapes and green areas, provides the backdrop for the showcase of eight temporary creative gardens, exploring the proposed theme “The contradictory feeling of excitement and peace in the garden”.
The selected gardens will be on show at the first edition of the Terme di Chianciano Garden Festival from June 20th to September 25th 2015 on the grounds of the main thermal park of the city, the Acqua Santa Park. The Festival premières cutting-edge garden and landscape design through the display of original and provocative green creations that investigate the theme for this year’s competition, stimulating discordant sensations of vitality and peace, passion and calm, exuberance and tranquility.
Terme di Chianciano Garden Festival, co-curated and directed by Ludovica Ginanneschi e Simona Cavaliere, is the first example in Italy of a three month-long event of this kind, focusing on leading edge garden design and looking at landscape design through the lens of contemporary art.
The Festival Art Director and co-curator Simona Cavaliere explains that “It is a one-of-a-kind occasion not only for landscape architects and garden designers but also for artists and creative people alike to get their teeth into the design of green spaces that are free from the functional constraints underpinning traditional and formal gardens. This is also a not to be missed chance to explore and redefine existing design boundaries and forms, through the investigation of the theme. Moreover – as Ms Cavaliere puts it – in many European countries such as Great Britain, France, Spain and Portugal the garden festivals, as all the open-air season events, are the ideal occasions for social gatherings, informal business meetings and a showcase of the latest posh outfits.“
The duration of the show is a remarkable feature, as the Art Director and co-curator of the Festival, Ludovica Ginanneschi, has put it: “Themed garden festivals, showing the green creations over a season-long period, represent an increasing trend in Europe, while in Italy there are no examples of this kind of events in the season’s calendar as yet. The competition represents a rare opportunity for young and emerging designers to build their reputation in the field, as well as a chance for the audience to engage with the enticing atmospheres created by the designs and interpret the stories and the messages conveyed by them.”
The gardens offer the opportunity to experience a wide variety of design solutions, ranging from the minimalist and conceptual gardens, redefining the boundaries of the garden styles, to the traditional ones, creating a well-defined and beautiful outdoor space, through to the avant-garde ones, blending landscape and contemporary art.
The jury of the first edition of the Festival, comprising a panel of professionals of landscape architecture and garden design, have awarded the following prizes:
“Terme di Chianciano” award to “Il Giardino delle Naiadi” as Best-in-show garden
“Città di Chianciano Terme” award to the project standing out for a specific merit, that has been conferred ex-aequo to “Il Giardino di Leonia” and to Linea d’acqua”.
The “Acqua Santa – Visitor’s choice Award” will be announced at the end of the Festival in late September, as the result of the audience’s votes during the three-month event.
“A multisensory spiral walkway inviting self-awareness”
“Two contrasting gardens and a swing in-between”
“An open-air room enclosing the life force of Nature”
“Fresh water microcosms”