Pine Cone Garden
2003-2003, Padula, Italy

One of the inner gardens of the Carthusian Monastery of Padula, Italy, has been strewn with thousands of pinecones collected by children in the neighbourhood. In combination with the existing cedar trees, they create an aroma of forest and dried wood. The excess of pinecones is overwhelming and the crackling of drying seeds in the sun brings a consciousness of the evolution process. During the night the pinecones glow from underneath with a red light. The hills of Padula rise above the surrounding pinecone walls. Only this view and the blue sky with the bright sun place you back in reality.

Ortus Artis
Adriaan Geuze, Jerry van Eyck, Jacco Stuy, Theo Reesink