Christine Facer's Vista presentation at the Garden Museum provided insight into the way in which she has bridged the worlds of science and art in her symbolic landscapes. A former Parasitologist and latterly alumni of Pickard School of Garden design, she practices in contemporary landscape design.

Christine Facer's Vista presentation at the Garden Museum provided insight into the way in which she has bridged the worlds of science and art in her symbolic landscapes. A former Parasitologist and latterly alumni of Pickard School of Garden design, she practices in contemporary landscape design. Showing the influence of mathematics and scientific ideas in her designs through her ongoing projects at Maggie's Centre in the Cotswold's, and her own private domain at Througham Court, her talk laid out the basis of her working methodology.

Making comparisons, in terms of the use of scientific symbolism realised in landscape form, with the work of Charles Jencks (in attendance at the talk), she suggested the differences between the two bodies of work to be in terms of scale, hers on the micro level, his the macro. Perhaps fittingly enough each practitioner's work also suggests being at the end of different kinds of the looking glasses, hers a microscope into the world of DNA, his a telescope pointed towards the cosmos.

Showing a certain scientific inquisitiveness she suggested that her work was an attempt to attract attention and engage enquiry, less concerned with the 'how' of garden design, and more interested in why we may wish to engage with the world around us.

Posted 19th May 2010 by Darryl Moore
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