Beyond Object and Abstraction


A garden is the translation of an idea, a manifesto of my understanding of the world and of my existence. Gardens are miniaturized images of landscape. Gardens are a medium that serves to examine the sublimity of landscape, to interpret it and, in a certain sense, to make it measurable. Only through a garden the large scale of a landscape becomes clear and controllable.

A formal context is present everywhere. Every place is different, has an individual geology, an individual history, individual surroundings. However, to consider these aspects solely is alien to me. Rather, my aim is to ask what a garden can evoke on a metaphysical level. I want to create metaphysical spaces of architectural quality. I seek the philosophical dimension. I aspire to realize the idea as something absolute. I envision freedom as the aim of thinking. Insofar, the universe and the eternity also shape my context.

With the drafting process I explore the boundaries of the rational. Beyond these boundaries, consequences are difficult to assess, and only intuitive and speculative decisions are possible. Only in this realm of the arbitrary, the emotional or the random, true autonomy emerges. The results are non-referential gardens, which do not remind us of anything specific. The classical means of landscape architecture serve to analyze the task, the space allocation program, the place. A poet works with tools as well, with existing sounds and words; yet they enable him to express things that are auratic and essential.

I aim at recollection. Thereby, I apparently succeed to touch people, to establish a connection with them, even if they are unfamiliar with the codes to decipher a creation. Perhaps, I succeed because I try to express things with strength, try to create places that settle into people’s consciousness, into their mind. I want to build magnificent gardens.

The fundamental question: How can we subject ourselves physically and mentally to a landscape or a garden? People today are not forced to cultivate the soil anymore. They suffer from alienation. Their mental and physical ties to the world are cut. It would be great to confront people with this world, to provoke them into reconnecting with the world.

A garden is a nucleus which explains the world. It is about preserving knowledge and passing it on within a global project. The objective is the protection of species. Instead of reproducing landscapes, I want to recognize the entirety. Landscape has given us the gift of gardens. Perhaps gardens are archives which will one day allow us to restore destroyed landscapes in a dignified way.

My claim is not to complete anything but to initiate a meaningful process. My gardens are not supposed to narrate, but to discuss, to raise questions for which I neither know any answers (yet). Gardens are open systems, shaped by the flow of time and seasons. To deal with the exaltation of gardens, sometimes a bit of irony does no harm.

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