Location      Quebec City, QC
Size             n/a
Date            2008


Ephemeral Gardens

Selected out of more than 200 entries in a two-stage international competition, this installation was commissioned as part of the 2008 festivities marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.  The Garden is organized as a series of strata. Each line approximates the city's 400-year history. Markers including finger-jointed wood benches, steel gabions planters and reinforcing metal bar screens set the 'timelines' that unveil the manifold stories of the oldest city in North America.  These dates are artificial histories - a construction of times and places where progress may be 'measured.'  Against these images, the Garden offers a natural history of the site - an array of flora native to Quebec and with particular significance to First Nations.

In collaboration with Inderbir Singh Riar