September 21, 2010

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International Garden Festival to Exhibit Fractal Garden in Toronto at the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada

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Grand-Métis, September 21,
2010. The International Garden Festival is showing Fractal Garden at the IIDEX/NeoCon Show in Toronto on September 23 and 24. Fractal Garden is composed of 21 steel boxes planted with three types of plants that can be configured into an infinite variety of configurations. The garden is one of the feature events of the 2010 IIDEX/NeoCon show. Fractal Garden is designed by Legge Lewis Legge, a collaborative interdisciplinary art, design and architecture group out of New York City and Austin, Texas. Fractal Garden has been a feature garden at the International Garden Festival for the past two years. After its exhibition at the IIDEX/NeoCon show, it will be on view at the Evergreen Brick Works site in Toronto.

About Fractal Garden

Fractal Garden isa group of 21 planters on wheels that can be rolled around and arranged in an infinite number of designs. The set of 21 consists of 7 each of 3 specific diamond shapes. Each shape is a 4-sided polygon containing 2 specific angles. All 6 of the angles in the set are multiples of 1/14th of 360°, making the diamonds fit together in many ways both symmetrically and asymmetrically. This division of 14ths of 360° is a function of fractal geometry, mimicking the structural patterning of natural forms. The arrangement of the planters can be changed regularly by visitors to the IIDEX/NeoCon show, creating a different pattern, and different garden each time.

About Legge Lewis Legge

Legge Lewis Legge is an interdisciplinary art, design and architecture group consisting of architect Murray Legge and cinematographer Deborah Lewis, both in Austin Texas, and New York City- based artist Andrea Legge.

LLL has participated in the International Garden Festival since 2008, when their earthwork project Round Up (After Monet) was selected after an international competition. It has been exhibited for the past three years, this past year augmented into a new project entitled Double Serpent Nature Walk. LLL past projects include Elevated Prairie (2004, permanent), Unmanageable Hill (2005, temporary), Cup City (2005, temporary) and UP (Ultimate Pulse) (2007-8, temporary).

LLL have been finalists in numerous art and design competitions and in 2005 the LLL entry entitled Clear Approach won an Honorable Mention in The Flight 93 9/11 National Memorial Competition in Shanksville, PA. In May 2009, LLL’s latest permanent project, The Lincoln Street Green Strip opened officially in Boston MA. LLL projects have been published in The Journal for Architectural Education, The Boston Globe, The Austin Chronicle, The Austin American Statesman, Art in America, Texas Architect magazine, Landscape World, and WKUT Radio Austin.

Elevated Prairie was selected by Art in America magazine for its 2004 ‘Top 20’ Public Art in Review. Cup City and UP (Ultimate Pulse) have won both local and national AIA awards. In 2009, Legge Lewis Legge was honored with a Texas Society of Architects Citation of Honor Artisan Award for an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the natural or built environment in Texas. Most recently, in April 2010 LLL completed In the Bike Lane for the New York City Department of Transportation’s Urban Arts Jersey Barriers project, and was chosen to participate in the Dallas, Texas, Park and Recreation Department’s Dallas Pavilion Project. Commissioning architects from around the world to design progressive contemporary pavilions for the city’s parks, the Dallas Pavilion Project is one of the most ambitious civic architecture initiatives in the city's history. Additional Information can be found at www.leggelewislegge.com.

About IIDEX/NeoCon

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada is Canada's largest exposition and conference for the design, construction and management of the built environment. IIDEX/NeoCon Canada's mandate is to serve the interests of interior design, architectural, facility management, real estate development and business communities through an annual tradeshow and conference that takes place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.

About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. The Festival takes place on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford in Grand-Métis, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Québec. Presented since 2000, the Festival has exhibited 110 gardens by 220 designers from fifteen countries as well as extra-mural gardens in Montréal, Toronto, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The only event of its kind in Canada, the Festival is a showcase and a springboard for emerging designers in all disciplines. The Festival has attracted over 900,000 visitors since its inception. In addition to presenting temporary gardens on site, the Festival also exhibits extra-mural gardens, this year on Olympic Plaza in Calgary and the Place de la Dauversière in Old Montréal (until October 12).

The Festival recently launched its call for proposals to select designers for the 12th edition of the Festival in 2011. Information on the competition can be found on the gardens’ web site, www.refordgardens.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 12.

About Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens

The Reford Gardens are located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers in Québec, Canada. Created by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford, the gardens were declared a national historic site in 1995 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. They are considered one of the premier gardens in North America and an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Québec.The Gardens are open until October 3 and re-open for the 2011 season on June 4.

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Information:                              

Alexander Reford, director
Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens
Festival international de jardins/International Garden Festival
418 775-2222, ext. 222
alexander.reford@jardinsdemetis.com


 

 

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