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This is a 360° panorama of a garden featuring earth sculptures by Sjer Jacobs in one of the exhibition gardens at Floriade-2012 – the international gardening festival, which was held near Venlo in the province of Limburg in the South East of The Netherlands. It was created from 27 original photographs they were shot in Raw mode on a Canon EOS 5D Mk ii with a 16mm Zenitar fisheye lens.
I have three prints all created from the same panoramic view of this garden.
Above this garden is the cable car that traversed the site of the Floriade-2012.
The original Floriade international gardening festival was held in 1960. Floriade gardening festivals have been repeated each decade since then. The second one was in 1972 and they have been held every ten years from then. I visited Floriade 2012 in April and again in September 2012.
This garden and the earth sculptures that it features were designed by the artist Sjer Jacobs. He chose the painting “Lying around the water” as his starting point and created a garden that reflected the painting.
There are three great heads, an arm and a hand crafted out of soil. Moss and seedlings were planted in the earth sculptures to hold them together. The aim was that they would change and grow throughout the year of Floriade.
In an interview before Floriade opened Sjer Jacobs said: “It is a living piece of art created with nature. I’m fond of gardens and I often see gardens to which an art work is added in some way. Some works of art are just bought and some might be especially made for the garden. But for Floriade I didn’t want to make a garden with artworks in it, I wanted the art and nature to be as one.”
There is some explanation of his inspiration and his methods on his website. Obviously most of it is in Dutch, but, if you have the English-language option on, the captions to the images mostly include an English sentence or two.