Plants shape culture, culture shapes plants. An empty apple, referencing to an empty ToK, has been placed on a monumental bed of lemons to entice visitors to instantaneously engage with the installation in a blissful state of mind. While the dominant yellow and the playful lemon carpet has a bright joyful connotation, people will also be standing in front of an empty apple surrounded by a field of yellow. ToK plays with the duality of yellow, joy and warning, to confront the visitors and spark a personal journey to find their own answers.
Design and set up
Nomad Studio . New York (USA) . thenomadstudio.net
What was the last book you read? And the next?
[LS] ”Cien años de soledad” by Gabriel García Márquez. I am currently reading “Ficciones” by Jorge Luis Borges, “Psychomagic” by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan.
Next. The Odyssey, Homer.
[WR] “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau.
Next. Death of Nature.
Where is your next journey to?
[LS + WR] For the next big journey, we would like to travel back to India. Our most immediate journey is to the estuary of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, William’s home state.
What is your favourite colour?
[LS] The golden yellow of cereal fields.
What is your favourite plant?
[LS] So many, impossible to choose!
Where would you like to live?
[LS] I feel fortunate to live nomadically between United States and Spain.
[WR] It’s difficult to choose, there are so many great places.
Which is your favourite historical period?
[LS] Prehistory, Greeks, Alexander the Great, Roman Empire, Al-Andalus, Renaissance, American Independence, French Revolution, and Paris in between wars.
[WR] Italian Renaissance.
Describe, in a few words, a scene that best represents for you the idea of “beauty and elegance”?
[LS] “Out of Africa” 1985. “Atonement” 2007. Keira Knightley, in the green dress at the library.
[WR] Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in London, UK.
What is for you the garden?
[LS] A garden is one of the most sublime works of art, in a garden coalesces all art, and it hosts all arts, opening a door to a state of mind for transcendence or for joy.
[WR] A garden is a place to escape, to be, to connect, and to dream.
What is for you the trip?
[LS + WR] We loved the opportunity to live within the community of the shores of Lake Como for a week, and share the process of making Tree of Knowledge with them, and all the people involved.