Garden Folly #5: “Congregation”

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. “Congregation” is the fifth folly and offers an experience of the water’s edge. Outlined by a claw-shaped dock, a circular tidepool has a collection of pebbles mounded in its center. The dock is composed of an aggregate of shells, pebbles, and other materials. “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.