Garden Folly #4: “Divergence”

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. The approach to “Divergence" is through a cut in a stand of tall grasses. The grasses are held back by a flowing, curvilinear fence constructed of metal grass-like forms. A stormwater stream is ordered into dendritic channels, referencing the branching patterns which occur in both water and plant forms. In the middle of the folly, a boardwalk passes through grassy mounds and diverging channels. “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.