Commission materialized by Edward Clydesdale Thomson of a Garden, Garden Fence, The Non Urban Garden
For The Non Urban Garden, Scottish-Danish artist Edward Clydesdale
Thomson carefully observed the landscape around Diepenheim.
At the same time, he started writing a comprehensive
essay on the history, cultural significance and aesthetic value of
the garden, the landscape and ‘nature’ in relation to the concepts
of time, memory and location.
When the plans were presented, the residents of Diepenheim
responded positively to the work; in fact, they immediately
suggested assigning it the function of a point from which to
look towards the surroundings. They proposed to install a bench
at the site and remove a lamppost. Their initial involvement in
the proposed plans indicate that they are keen on adopting the
garden and are indeed willing to take on what Thomson refers
to as an interesting contemporary position: that of the caretaker.
One could say that the garden and the gardener are in a constant
dialogue as soon as the gardener commits to dedicating his/her
time and care, in this case to the edge of the village of Diepenheim.
It is in the maintaining of the site in which the will to
construct a certain reciprocal relation with the world we inhabit
is articulated. And it is in the maintaining and caring for the garden
that the thinking about demarcation – as well as the search
for what it means to occupy land with gardens – will continue.
(excerpt from text byMarlies van Hak.
Edited by Marnie Slater and Edward clydesdale thomson)