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Resonant Field invites visitors to a multisensory experience that presents a unique take on the modern garden while maintaining a deep connection to the natural world. 

This project was our entry to the 2015 Jardins de Métis International Garden Festival.  

 

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Seven circular bundles of thin vertical metal rods of varying height are arranged throughout the site, connected by way of a network of pathways. The rest of the site is occupied by the common oat (avena sativa). 

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When the groups of rods are disturbed, either by wind, rain, or the hand(s) of visitors, they are set into an excited vibratory state that produces an ethereal sound as they contact each other and resonate—a potential reminder of the vibration necessary to life that unites us all. The pitch is affected by the height of the rods, and the intensity of the sound correlates to the force of activation, whether by visitors or natural forces. This sets the stage for a dynamic interplay between the garden, nature, and visitors, where all participate in a collective performance. Intrigue will breed curiosity; curiosity, interaction; interaction, exchange. 

 

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The choice of oats recognizes their longstanding history as a food staple with additional medicinal properties. The transition of the oats from green to gold over the course of the Festival highlights natural processes and the flow of time. Additionally, incorporating vegetation commonly sourced for food into the garden space ties into the resurgence of urban agriculture, which is becoming increasingly important.