Three gardens designed by OLIN opened this weekend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as part of the Utopia/Dystopia festival at the BMW/Mini backed design incubator A/D/O.
OLIN's gardens focus on three different interpretations of nature and our perceptions of landscape. The garden of control will feature a weathering steel pile wall with rammed earth structures within the folds. A monoculture of turf will occupy the space on the ground plane recalling the mechanization of agriculture in our present day. The garden of emergence will feature tiles designed by OLIN with pockets of plants emerging from this anthropogenic construct. Moss will be allowed to occupy the voids and emerge from the construct where the conditions are most ideal for its growth. The final garden, the garden of symbiosis, is forward-thinking, revealing how landscapes may function within the urban realm in the near future. A construct of willows is repeated through two mirrors on either side of the construct. These mirrors create an infinite hedgerow. Willows were selected as they were the original genesis of common medical treatments, such as aspirin. The user is surrounded by healing nature and becomes enveloped when they step into this third garden.
OLIN collaborated with artist Bonnie Gale on the willow structures. Large scale prints of the designs for the spaces were completed by Print Structures.
Nicholas was a landscape designer and an integral part of the construction crew on the gardens at A/D/O.