Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Millenium Garden at Birr Castle
When we left our cottage located within Birr Castle Demesne and stepped through our "secret" door in the wall, we were in another world, the world of the The Millennium Garden - a formal garden of the highest order. Since I am a lover of the more informal, meandering cottage garden, full of colour and energy and the wildflower meadow, ripe with nature's throw of the dice, the geometric order of the formal garden took some getting use to. It didn't take long to recognize that the number four was a prominent feature of the design and straight lines were everywhere.
I fully expected the geometry of this garden to show prominently in the composition of my new work, but up to this point it hasn't. It has, however, displayed itself more subtly. Behind one of the statues near our door, the vines around the arbour where backlit. The resulting piece created from this experience has an interesting look. Again you only get a slice from the whole painting. Just enough to tease.