Secret Gardens of Earthly Delights
Ten sites, ten artists, ten gardens: this unique GTF2013 project is a secret waiting to be discovered! Working closely with gardeners, landscape and installation artists, and with the support of the City Council and Think City’s cultural mapping grant, this astounding and mind-bending site-specific projects is GTF’s second venture into public installations that capture the spirit and living heritage known to Penang and George Town.
Theatre of Ships by Joko Avianto
Location: MPPP Town Hall
by Alex LeeLocation: Weld Quay
The Ipoh-based urban explorer, DIY advocate and greenie Alex Lee will work on a little green spot that sprouted an abandoned housing lot at 41, Weld Quay, George Town. He will build on this community garden managed with the neighbourhood to create a setting for scenes and memories reminiscent of the an old-style, traditional kitchen.
Mosaic Koi Fish Pond by Adam Michalski
"Within the pond are 8 art glass koi fish who's features have been embellished slightly for aesthetic purposes. 8 is a lucky number in Feng shui and in traditional Chinese paintings there are 8 colourful koi fish accompanied by a 9th black fish which would protect the owner from misfortune and harm."
Fireflies by River Lalang by Vin
Some 1,000 units of fibre optics planted will light up at night, giving the fireflies effect to the garden.
by James RickardOra Tonu, meaning ‘to give life to something that is nearing the end of its life’ in Maori, is a collaboration project between George Town Festival 2013 and the New Zealand High Commission to Malaysia. The piece of Angsana wood was retrieved by the City Council workers at the felling of the tree in late May. To ‘give life’ to it, James carved it on site into the shape of an anchor and the piece was placed next to another Secret Garden,Fireflies at River Lalang.
by Low Chee Peng
Location: at the corner of Armenian Street and Beach StreetLost against the world of mass-production and commercialism the cycle can be pictured as an abundant web of roots growing in the soil. It can also be pictured as the unforeseen future of our subsequent generations as if a tree dies, so does our future generation. Material used are oxidized steel and cultured marble.
by Pe Yang Teng & Cassandra Chilton
Location: Turn into Love Lane from Chulia Street and find a small lane on your right with the blue stripes on the ground. Just trail the stripes and you'll bump into a quirky garden.Love Garden is a collaboration between landscape architects Pe Yang Teng& Cassandra Chilton. Tapping into Love Lane’s colourful history and the hidden laneways of international cities, Love Garden challenges our perception of what constitutes a garden in an urban setting by making use of everyday objects prevalent in the streets of Georgetown to create a garden that is part quirky, part tongue-in-cheek and all fun.