Finding Inner Peace - GWC 2014
Paul was invited to participate for a second time at Gardening World Cup in Japan representing the United Kingdom.
Paul chose to explore the idea of quiet reflective time and how easy it is to switch off from our busy lives to spend time truly at peace. The garden at first presents its self as a visually confusing space, walls criss cross the garden with seemingly little logic. Some of these walls are semi transparent and some solid, added to this a path seems to wind through but is at times broken and at times over-grown. Individual cameo views into the garden offer scenes of beauty but they seem distant and hard to get to, very much like the idealised place in our heads which offer true peace and tranquility.
These views offering a glimpse of quite time were directly inspired by the saying ‘spending a little me time’ or just have '5 minutes peace' but actually getting to this point is quite a challenge in todays world.
The garden explores this idea through the use of a series of confused views and disappearing paths which make up the bulk of the garden. Hidden and elusive at the centre of the garden is a sunken retreat which truly gets away from the world and offers peace and tranquility - this sunken area symbolises that the place we all long for, a spiritual sanctuary of peacefulness offering true clarity to our thoughts.
The sanctuary space is deliberately empty as once one has disconnected from the world and found that sense of inner peace, adornment and decoration are no-longer needed.
The garden offers the possibility that if we work to overcome the obstacles that life chooses to throw in our path then inner peace and sanctuary can be found and a sense of self and well being can be had.