«'outside-in’ is a garden within a garden, a contemplative space, a small universe where landscape and architecture are fused to create an experience capable of raising questions rather than answering them, a live mechanism whose aim is to make us reflect on the contrast between what we know and what we see, demanding us to constantly negotiate the gap between physical reality and visual perception. It is a meditation on space, light, and the possibility of infinity as seen through the limitless reflections of a trapped narrative meticulously fitted inside a world of two-way mirrors.»
Ulli Heckmann and Meir Lobaton Corona at the 22nd International Garden Festival of Chaumont Sur Loire, France.
«The experience of the garden begins when the visitor finds himself confronted with a seemingly void space, only the sound of his footsteps walking on top of the red sand surface and a minimalist white box mysteriously levitating sixty centimeters above the ground complement his experience. The weightless, 5x8 meter semi-cubic volume – defined by a translucent white skin– works as a floating canvas where a mono-chromatic world of shadows are cast, suggesting the presence of what seams to be a tiny and inaccessible chunk of forest confined within. Only when gazing inside –either by crouching down and looking under it or peeking through one of the peepholes scattered on top of the white surface – the visitor is drawn into an illusory space in which trees and plants vanish into the distance. The effect is attained by incorporating four covered interior faces with two-way mirrors that create a seemingly infinite forest reflected in all directions. »