|Title||Chelsea Flower Show awards ‘DMZ Forbidden Garden’ a gold medal award|
‘Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden’ – has won a gold medal award at this year’s ‘Chelsea Flower Show’ and was created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean conflict.
An extract from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website describing the garden:
“This garden makes use of the vast treasure
trove of indigenous plants that have thrived in the almost pristine conditions
in the sanctuary of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The design highlights the
tensions and lasting effects of the conflict.
The barbed wire fence surrounding the
garden creates a feeling of mystery and unease. Carefully considered
installations feature the remains of warfare, including defensive walls,
trenches and charred trees. The fence is hung with cans and bottles containing
letters from separated families and friends to illustrate the sense of longing
felt by people kept apart by the conflict.
The watch tower reminds visitors of the surveillance of the DMZ and also provides an observation point for the garden. A memorial chair commemorates war veterans and victims. A stream flows through the garden, defying the barriers of human conflict and depicting the feelings of love and tension that the designer believes co-exist in the DMZ”.
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