Sputnik Architecture

2011 Jardin Métis design competition

Professional work

Link to project booklet


Everyone has a secret. We want people to think about their secrets. Why do we keep them? Three, folded, ephemeral, whispering nymphs grace the garden, waiting, listening, and seducing visitors to speak their secrets.

2010

The nymphs Hesperides were not allowed to interfere with human affairs - at Jardin Métis, they will serve only as a conduit for human sounds. Each nymph will be equipped with a small microphone and a speaker. A visitor, who chooses to speak to a nymph, will have their message quietly whispered by another nymph somewhere in the garden or across Canada in a small garden in Winnipeg.

Hesperides at The Forks garden in Winnipeg

The garden in Winnipeg will whisper back to Jardin Metis. On occasions the whispers will go unheard, other times listeners will hear and perhaps respond. Responses, however, will find the ears of new listeners due to the configuration of the circuitry. In this way, secrets will be preserved and boundaries of privacy will remain intact.

Jardin Métis garden plan

Jardin Métis garden rendering

Jardin Métis garden rendering