Congratulations to Cornel Campbell, Thevishka Kanishkan, Reesha Morar, and Anton Skorishchenko! With Professor Ted Kesik as their advisor, this team of students is among the winners of the 2019 International Garden Festival Competition at Jardins de Metis / Reford Gardens.
Established in 2000, the International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Making Waves — the Daniels Faculty team's submission to the festival — was among six new garden projects that were selected from 154 submissions around the world.
The students, which include representatives from both the Faculty's Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs, wanted to "create an experience that brings joy and a sense of fun."
From the project description:
In physics, the kinetic energy of an object is the energy built up within it due to its motion. Building upon this idea, our team wanted to show how the motion of just two individuals could build up, expand, and multiply kinetic energy to create a spectacular wave of colour. Visitors are invited to play on a seesaw, but will be surprised at how a familiar activity can have such unfamiliar and exciting results. As the seesaw moves up and down, a wave of kinetic energy radiates from pink to blue as the colourful bars oscillate from the motion created by the users. The fantastic displays of colour and movement created by kinetic energy allows each participant to “make waves” in their own way.
The International Garden Festival runs from June 22 to October 6 at Jardins de Metis / Reford Gardens on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River between Rimouski and Matane in Quebec. Visitors may explore 27 contemporary gardens, and enter the interactive spaces created by more than eighty-five landscape architects, architects, designers, and visual artists.