Landscape Rituals

Landscape architecture of an estate in France. We design in dialogue with natures, with the ecosystem, using ecological principles. It is a process focussed mode of design linking abstract forms and figurative elements of an animistic nature. 

These processes are an improvisation with wood, forest, trees through performative gestures. The performance is as important as the visual result; this includes the personal contemplation in the making and observation as well as the collective and social togetherness of some of the yearly rituals of harvest, bonfires... 

Landscape Rituals

2009 - ongoing  |  media: landscape & performance  |  location: Vendée, France  |  scale: 1 hectare

 
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One of the finding of our experimentations is the cultural value of the performance of the gestures in themselves. Each of them involves a ritual: hay harvest in August, lumbering in the coldest months, bonfires at mid-winter... These acts bring people together as well as form contemplative performance for each individual; they connect us to each other, the landscape, and ourselves. 

These acts are ecological in all senses of the word; they support the environment, our own ecology as well as the social one, simultaneously. 

In many ways, they have grown from traditional rural rituals, but they have lost their laborious quality, or their production (even if we do forage on the land). They can be seen as contemporary reinterpretations. What remains are the positive qualities and ecological knowledge of these acts of the past. 

 
 Robin and Mark

Robin and Mark

 Sarah

Sarah

 

Project team

 

Photographers: Eric Guibert 

 

Drawings: Eric Guibert

 

 

Volunteers

 

Robin Pembrooke

 

Stephen Field

 

Lucy Goode (for her amazing food)

 

Jean Martin Lapointe (for his striking chainsaw action)

 

Sarah Nuttall (for stepping in when Eric's shoulder gave up)

 

Louis Wustemann (for stepping in when Eric's shoulder gave up)

 

 

 

 

Volunteers

 

Iain Field

 

Mark Forsyth

 

Paul Macey

 

Stephen Froggatt

 

Pas Paschali

 

Andrew Pembrooke

 

Carole Pembrooke

 

Brian Robinson

 

Oliver Salway

 

Ivan Tennant

 

Ed Watson