Gammel Holtegård – Proposal

Exquisite surprises

For this contemporary interpretation to what characterizes the Baroque garden, we created a range of "folies" to be disseminated through the park as exquisite surprises. Those Folies are numbered and have some common attributes: They all interact with the visitors trough the use of computer technology. The Folies create a performative relation between nature and visitors. The Folies are playful manipulations of nature.

As an example, Folie #1 shows a tree in its natural setting, surrounded by a glass box almost as high as the tree. When the visitor comes closer, the glass gets increasingly blurry and finally gets completely opaque when standing in front of the tree. Our curiosity will never be satisfied. Deceptiveness and frustration occurs because we are left behind an unreachable object that nonetheless is just in front of us. The glass box is made out of “smart glass” which consists of 2 layers of glass and in-between, a special made film whose molecules can be triggered trough electric current in such a way to vary the transparency level from 0 to 100%. Sensors located in the park evaluate the distance of the person in the surrounding.