landscape design |
A LIVING PORTAL
THE TOYOTA EVOLUTION TIMELINE GARDEN | KARNATAKA
Michael Little
LA 69
A park of an industrial development with different experiential spaces of environmental and educational value integrates art and design and becomes the canvas for narrating the stories and sub stories of evolution of earth.
Context

The Ecozone houses extensive theme gardens - Wetland Diversity, Climate Change, Underground Ecology, and Pollination Meadows surrounded by a restoration forest of native species. More than hundred local schools take part in Toyota’s green curriculum with its experiential learning.

The Garden

Walking through this Evolution Timeline Garden one absorbs striking images - the snowflake crystalline form of a single celled bacteria, the spiraling shell of an ammonite, the first appearance of earth’s flowering plants against the massive head of a T-Rex, and then in the final steps of the timeline, the rise of the Himalayas and the emergence of Hominids. These large artworks sprawl over thick granite pillars and soar across the path as steel silhouettes. Parallel to this walkway, the accompanying plants rise up through the garden beds as ancient echoes to the fossil record. Horsetails in a sheet of water, ferns, cycads, auracaria trees, palms and grasses rise up among the paintings and sculptures. The further one explores this walkway the more one is entangled with time, deep time.


 


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