Jardin de Metis, Quebec, Canada
“The learner must be led always from familiar objects toward the unfamiliar, guided along, as it were, a chain of flowers into the mysteries of life.”
- Charles Willson Peale
Congress engages in multiple levels of metissage, all relying on the mystical power of aroma to transform and transport.
A naturalistic grove unites three highly artificial greenhouses, becoming itself a fourth structure. In each of the three discrete spaces, a mix of fragrant plantings create an aroma which changes over the course of the installation as one plant’s bloom period overlaps that of another. In the central grove, these distinct smells are just barely perceptible - they mix with the outside air, and the visitor is drawn to the most familiar or the most intriguing.