My Secret Garden - Metis Comptition Entry
Andrew Zientek and Francisi Bitonti collaborate on an entry for the Metis Garden Festival Competition.
The plot of land is topographically sculpted, a mix of white perennials and grasses is seeded and Five augmented reality devices are tethered to the earth. The garden is latent, waiting for erasure and addition. "Please walk in the garden" A sign reads. Movement leaves traces and paths emerge. Simultaneously the garden is added to and evolves. Visitors, using their own smart-phones or those provided (and tethered), can view and create another dimension of the garden. The interface allows visitors to choose a new species of plant, attach a secret message and then "plant" it in the garden to be viewable by successive visitors. The garden grows, receiving and containing knowledge that is hidden from plain view. This virtual space laid over the physical landscape, tied to specific place through the technology of augmented reality. This digital evolution then spills back onto the physical as real plants are added, replacing digital versions. The garden starts with contained secrets, then writes them for others and finally translates them into material. The garden starts as subdued canvas and explodes with color.