Garden Folly #1: "Suspension"

Within “The Pull: Wild Gardens at Paerdegat”, five garden follies serve as metaphors for the battle between the cultivated landscape and the natural succession patterns of nature untamed. “Suspension” is the first folly and offers an experience of being over the forest canopy. With the earth down below, a suspension bridge is surrounded by a canopy of symmetrically planted trees. The bridge itself includes a treehouse with a view down to the forest floor. Elongated nest-like sculptures are suspended from the branches of the trees. “The Pull: Wild Gardens at Paerdegat” addresses the rejuvenation and ecological enhancement of the polluted waters, shoreline, and uplands of Paerdegat Basin in Brooklyn NY. A steel overlook shaped like a magnet stands at the head of the basin to “pull” the forces of nature back into the city. The overlook, plantings, grading, shoreline, and garden spaces express the dynamic forces activated when the “magnet” swept over the site.