Windows on the Floating World
Mags Harries & Lajos Héder
This is an art piece not about an object but is about the experience of place. This tropical wetland garden is about water, immersion and experience.
Our first impetus was to get the visitor to the water, visually there was plenty of water but no sound, no movement and no real access, so we decided to excavated the site to physically bring the visitor down to the water, to walk on the water and to feel the water.
The water at the site is a retention pond, the level of which fluctuates with the rain. This is an opportunity to make people aware of rainfall and it’s importance in the landscape at West Palm Beach. We have created many ways of experiencing the landscape. We see it starting at the Weir and the Rain Gauge where the water is artificially pumped up to the Weir, the pathway bringing you through the littoral zone to the Windows on the Floating World, (where the special changeable plantings will be featured), and the waterfall creates dynamic sound and movement, on to the Overlook at the bench and finally to the Water’s Edge, where you can sit and meditate on the water.
The opportunity to develop this piece with landscape architect Kirsten Siegel of WGI, Inc. and the advice of the horticulturalists at Mounts was really fabulous and helped us to select an exciting and appropriate palate of planting and other materials. We know that the new landscape will be cared for and thrive.
We want to thank Elayna Toby Singer of Palm Beach County Art in Public Places for her support and guidance through this complex project. Navigating through all the parties is a difficult job and we are happy that we have created an art/landscape piece together that will be part of people’s experience and memories at Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County.
- Windows on the Floating World
- Location: Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach, FL
- Artists: Mags Harries & Lajos Héder, artists
- Landscape: Kirsten Siegel, WGI Inc.
- Art Administrator: Elayna Toby Singer, Palm Beach County Art in Public Places