19th Edition of the Mixed garden show

Publié le 30 juin 2021

The Egyptian Queen‘s gardens

Travel to Egypt whilst visiting the Park of Wesserling : Egyptian temple, pyramids, oasis, giant cobra for a total immersion!

This year’s chosen book for the annual theme is The Mummy (Le Roman de la Momie), a romantic novel by 19th century author Théophile Gautier. Side by side with Lord Evandale and following Tahoser, Queen of Egypt’s footsteps, you can sail on the Nile, discover egyptian palaces and a well-kept tomb. Don’t forget to come back and tell us of the wonders that you’ll have discovered from your journey throughout yesterday and today’s Egypt.

An Egyptologist discovers, in a pharaoh’s untouched tomb, the mummy of a superb woman, and in hieroglyphs, the retelling of her life story : her name was Tahoser, former Queen of Egypt.

The Park of Wesserling is divided in 5 gardens, which earned the label “Jardin Remarquable” (Outstanding Garden) in 2005, and are nowadays inviting rest and artistic creation. The park covers 5 different parts over 16 acres : a vegetable garden, a regular garden, mediterranean terraces, an english park and a rural park.

Every year, the Park of Wesserling choses a theme, usually inspired by a novel or a fairytale, and creates ephemeral gardens related to the theme. These gardens must follow the park’s values, be dream-like, as well as being alive and entertaining. Far from plain, lifeless parks, you can become actors in the gardens. They transform into a friendly, poetic and interactive space.

This year, five art installations bring to life the gardens of an Egyptian queen. Each one more grandiose than the last, they trace the history of ancient Egypt to the present day.

The «two lands» garden – B. Benni, R. Chuon, D. Ley and S. Yamamoto 

In this extraordinary garden, you will face giant animals. Their dizzying size recalls the greatness of Egyptian monuments as well as the importance devoted to the deities in the daily life of ancient Egypt.

The Embalmer’s Garden – Clémence Gabilleau and Laëtitia Billant

“The Embalmer’s Garden” immerses your senses on a distant journey into the heart of ancient Egypt. Here is written a new page of the Roman de la Momie by Théophile Gautier with the mummification of the main character, Tahoser.

The Fellah’s garden – Hugo Carton

In the fellah’s garden, will you be able to recognise the plants grown and operate the irrigation system to bring the precious water to the farmer’s fields?

The secret garden of an Egyptian queen – Wesserling Park team 

Following in the footsteps of Lord Evandale and the wise advice of Dr Rumphius, essential characters in Théophile Gautier’s Roman de la mpmie, will you be able to find your way back through the maze of this pyramid? Will you be as lucky as your predecessors, tomb explorers and learned Egyptologists? What treasure will you discover?

Textiles Obelisks – Thrace Design Studio

Inspired by the book «The Romance of a Mummy” this garden celebrates the fabric. The fabric not only preserved the body of queen Tahoser but also the papyrus roll telling her story. The fabric rectangular pattern inspired the geometrical layout of the garden featuring planting beds, obelisks, sandboxes, and a maze path—all with reference to the ancient Egypt landscape. 

You can also go in search of several plastic works. To find them, walk through the gardens, look in the nooks and crannies, explore the hiding places of the Parc de Wesserling.

Passage to eternity – Sergio Munoz Pinto  

Picking up the theme of the passage to eternity again, Pinto transports us to the Nile of ancient Egypt. This work was born out of the desire to create links between the material world and the spiritual world, as well as between culture and nature.

Horus 2.0 – Romain Bresson 

«Horus 2.0» and its ilk evoke the evolution of Man who worshiped the gods, initially, via nature, the stars and the solar and lunar cycles. Today, industrialization has become our new religion. The deities adapted to this belief and transformed into mechanical gods.

Nomad Beetles – Marie Barbé

These three oversized beetles, perched on springs, appear at the bend of a path and call us to mind their presence in the gardens. They are made from metal structures on which are fixed shells consisting of different materials: painted canvas, woven textile or plant fibers and glued papers.

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