#SPOTLIGHT: Falling Garden by Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger

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Isn’t this peaceful? A beautiful delicate garden hanging from the ceiling of an even more beautiful 17th century church in Venice? A dream world we wish we could live in forever! This installation by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger was created back in 2003 for the 5oth Venice Biennial.  (Words by WetheUrban.com)


The piece immerses visitors in a magical reality of dreamy conceits—if a blossom had a mind, this is surely what it would look like. Falling Garden becomes the visitors’ collective dream of botanical liturgies and ecclesiastic whimsy.

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According to the artists, the church was built as a mausoleum for a 17th-century doge (duke), who was entombed in the center, under an arrangement of skeletons and a grinning skull. To view the installation, visitors lie on the floor, or, as the artists suggest, on the gravestone’s bed. It’s the best seat in the house, a house of cascading flowers and cherub carvings.


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