Lassus’ legacy: "Imaginary Gardens" around the world
The relationship between objects and landscape is complex, ambiguous and mutually destructive. The widespread use of the term landscape and the continuing search for a definition is proof of how difficult it is to grasp the articulated connections between objects. The focus on these relationships is central to the practice of landscaping, where several individual parts come into a visible unity, as a continuous interplay between the seen and the hidden, the real and the imaginary. Sprouting from Bernard LassusRSQUO research behind the work of unknown masters, our research group formed by investigators of several countries seeks to recover the spirit of imaginary gardens around the world. Claude Lévi-Strauss considered Jardins Imaginaires, the essay published by Lassus in 1977, a new field in demo-ethno-anthropological studies, i.e., a combination between investigation on popular traditions (folklore), and ethnology. The suburbs of Paris offer true imaginary gardens in narrow spaces between houses and gates or painted on the walls of the houses. Our research emanates from this assessment.
Capone, P. and Roelens, N. (2016). Lassus’ legacy: "Imaginary Gardens" around the world. Acta Hortic. 1108, 107-114
inhabitant landscaper, façade, nature, culture, garden gnome, topiary