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Swirling Landscape Architecture by Charles Jencks

  • Posted by Neil Simonton on July 23, 2012 in Design
  • Looking like scenes from some fairy tale and/or acid trip, the swirling landscape works of Charles Jencks are in fact informed by big scientific ideas like fractals, genetics, chaos theory, and waves. Take, for instance, The Garden of Speculation, in Scotland, where a Jencks designed a terrace that shows the distortion of space and time caused by a black hole, a "Quark Walk" that takes the visitor on a journey to the smallest building blocks of matter, and a series of landforms and lakes recalling fractal geometry.

    Describing his work, Jencks has this to say:

    "To see the world in a Grain of Sand, the poetic insight of William Blake, is to find relationships between the big and small, science and spirituality, the universe and the landscape. This cosmic setting provides the narrative for my content-driven work, the writing and design. I explore metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, parallels that root us personally in the cosmos as firmly as a plant, even while our mind escapes this home."

    Have a look through some of our favorite pieces from his amazing portfolio.

    (via My Modern Met)


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