GARDEN PROJECT

Description. The garden is situated on an island of a river. The island has great nature values - a beautiful coast of the river and a forest. There are outstanding views towards the water and to a church on the river bank. In the middle of the island there is an open area covered by grass. There is also one existing road, which enters the island and leads towards the north edge of the island.

 

Client's requirements. The main request for the project is to design a memorial garden reflecting the history of a whole nation. The landscape has to tell a story about different history events, about culture and mentality and important values for the nation. The project has a very symbolic meaning - every object of the site has to merge together with the existing elements to form a united composition, which reflects the whole history, values, heartache and the long road to freedom of the nation.

 

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Design concept. The main asset of the island is it's wilderness - the abundance of nature, which should be preserved in the layout of the memorial. The layout and landscape elelents on the island will reflect the historical and emotional aspects of Latvian history, the spiritual and cultural values of the nation. The decedent Latvians of the totalitarian regimes will be commemorated, it will be possible to feel their presence - a spiritual, human connection with their destinies. A special dialogue is formed between the visitors of the memorial and people, for who's remembrance it is designed.

Wilderness zones

To preserve the natural values of the site, the territory is divided in zones depending on the wilderness level. Zone 1 is the most valuable natural territory, where the existing biotopes should be preserved. Only a few artificial elements are planned in this area and minimal maintenance intensity. Zone 2 is formed of intensive maintenance lawn with symbolic landscape details. Also this area consists mainly of natural elements. Zone 3 is a small area in the open middle of the island - the centre of the composition, it is formed of a symbolic landscape element, which dominates the landscape and attracts attention from all sides from a long distance.

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Laima path

When entering the territory, the visitor finds himself on the path of Laima - the main mythological goddess of Latvian folklore. The Laima path brings the visitor through The Zigzags of History - a symbolic landscape element. Latvian history has had brighter and darker periods, which can be reflected symbolically by shrub or hedge rows of different colors, which cross the main pedestrian road. Next to the shrub rows there is a 0.5m high wall of stone, which gives the composition a historical sense. Above the wall there is a sign with the description of the nation's history from the 20th century.

The Orchard and Fireflowers

When moving forward on the Laima path, the visitor arrives in a symbolic orchard.  An orchard is a permanemt value of a Latvian household. It serves as a symbol of harvest and fertility. The orchard in the memorial is located in several welts, combining them with Fireflowers - wavy sticks of rusted metal, which symbolize strength and life.

Flowers of Remembrance

After passing through the orchard and viewing the Fireflowers, the visitor arrives at the Flowers of Remembrance. The installation is made of timber poles, which have the Latvian symbolic folklore signs engraved on the surface. When listening carefully, different voices can be heard, telling their ancient memories. Above some of the poles beamlike lights are attached, which attract attention from a further distance.

Further the path becomes wider and continues above the river water. A wooden deck is planned over the water for walking and resting. As signs of remembrance there are metal basins on the deck for keeping alive fire.

Sun Boats

The Laima path moves into the natural forest area beside the Sun Boats, which look like boats placed upside down in the meadow. The installation is made of wood and it consists of steps for sitting on both sides of the boat. On the top surface there are symbolic Latvian signs of sun carved into the wood. The installation can be used as a stage for public events: presentations, speeches, small concerts.

Symbolic ship

Further through the forest the path leads to the furthermost west corner of the island, which stands against the river flow and breaks the waves, which collide with the island. At the very corner a symbolic front of a ship is placed, thus making the memorial to float as a ship in the river of destiny. From this point the path turns into the Karta path, which is the third most important goddess of mythology, which determined man's destiny.

Wind Boats

The  Karta path leads beside another landscape installation The Wind boats, which consist of upward boat parts, which create an interesting maze for walks. They also show, how the times in Latvia's history have changed by every change of wind.

The view tower

The Laima path develops into a path around the composition centre, crosses the main Road of Life and further merges into the Dekla path, which is another important mythological goddess in Latvian folklore. The Dekla path brings the visitor to the view tower. We do not have the chance to enter into the spirit of the lives of our decedent people, but we can remember them and see their destinies from aside. The view tower provides us with the view of the whole island and also wider areas on both sides of the river banks.

Road of Life

The Road of Life starts from the existing road and leads to the centre of the memorial. The road is made of waves, moving rhythmically upwards and downwards. It symbolizes the destiny of Latvian nation, which has had it's rises and falls. By moving on this road the visitor gets an opportunity to feel this destiny of the nation as well as the eternal life of the nation, which is accompanied by a row of life trees as thujas are called in the national language.

On the side of the road there are traces marked in a mixture of gravel and concrete. Our decedent ancestors are no longer among us, but we can feel their traces, left in our souls and memories. Here the traces are marked on a hard pavement and there are so many of them, that we can get an impression of monumentality.

Memorial centre

The wavy Road of Life brings to the centre of the memorial. It is surrounded by a row of stones, submerged in the ground, which climb up to the next level of a huge field of round shape thujas. Thujas in Latvian are called The Tree of Life and they symbolize all the decedent people, who's souls still dwell among us. The road moves on to the hill made of boulders basing on the contribution of our ancestors, who have helped us to become, what we are right now. The stones characterize the firmness and will of the Latvian spirit. The ancestors lift us up to the sky, where we fly in the lightness of glass and reflections protected by the wings of our ancestor angels.

Flowers of Stone

The Flowers of Stone are lifted up from the boulder base - they symbolize beautiful soul flowers, which have grown above the flesh of our ancestors. The ancestors lift us up above the ground in The Flowers of Stone, thus we become closer to them and they protect us from above by the Wings of Angels made of glass shields, which form the roof above the hill. Remembrance records are created by an interactive link between the visitors of the memorial and the decedent people. Every visitor has an opportunity to record a remembrance dedication to the decedent people or all nation in general. Between the glass planks of the shelter photographs of the decedent people are projected and the dedications are played. The remembrance records are created continuously, when different people visit the site. Thus people will also be more interested to visit the site to give their personal contribution. Some of the shelter's roof shields are transparent, but some in white color - suitable for projecting. Also the pavement is made of tempered glass to give the impression, that the visitor is walking in the sky between the spirits of Latvian ancestors. A rised flowerbed on a boulder wall is situated in the centre of the main memorial element. The boulder wall reflects the form of a well, which symbolizes the source of life in Latvian households. The well was always situated in the centre of the yard in typical ancient households. The symbolic well is planted with flowers, known for their meaning of eternal remembrance. All the roads lead to this central point of the layout.

Documental Roads

Documental Roads from three different directions lead to the centre of the memorial and up the boulder hill. They are made of specially rusted metal planks, which have engravements of old newspapers. They serve as historical witnesses, which start their road in the beginning of the 20th century and lead until nowadays. Further all around the centre there is a huge lawn area, which gives the impression of vastness and profundity. The huge lawn area is embraced by a row of rowans. Rowan has a special role in the nation's culture - it is a tree, which protects the housekeeping from evil. Historically rowans were planted in every country estate to repel away the evil spirits.

Wildflower meadow

Where the lawn area ends, a natural Latvian wildflower meadow begins. Cone shaped junipers are placed diffusely in the meadow - they are approximately the size of a human and they symbolize the eternal souls of the decedent people. There is an opportunity for the visitors to walk among them and to feel their presence.

Road of Belief and Holy Circle

When entering the island, there is an existing road, which leads to the north corner of the island. The existing road is called The Road of Belief since it leads to a view platform, from which the beautiful white church can be seen on the opposite bank of the river. A tight connection is created between the spirituality of the memorial and the church. The view platform is called The Holy Circle and it is made in a form of a circle with wooden pillars embracing the circle. The spiritual energy of national culture is connected with Christianity - the ornaments of the national Lielvarde belt are carved in the wooden pillars. It is believed, that the Lielvarde belt contains all the information about the destiny of the Latvian nation.

Houses of Destinies

The Houses of Destinies can be seen from the Road of Belief. Photography and videos are projected on the walls, which reflect a person's or family's life history. The light through the walls attracts people, but some videos can be viewed only through narrow openings in the walls. Behind the houses a birch grove is planted, which is an important element of the Latvian landscape.

The Baltic Road

Beside the Road of Belief a symbolic group of sculptures The Baltic Road is situated. The restoration of the national confidence in the 20th century was the retrieval of independency in 1991. For the Baltic Road people from the Baltic states joined hands all across the Baltic countries. The Baltic road was a symbol of unity between the Baltic nations and it made the nation feel it's common spiritual strength. The sculptural group The Baltic Road shows a piece of this row made by Baltic people on the side of the Road of Belief.

 

 
 
 
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

The Orchard and Fireflowers

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Flowers of Remembrance

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Sun Boat

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Wind Boats

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Road of Life

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Flowers of Stone

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Well and Wings of Angels

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Documental Road

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Junipers - eternal souls

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization
Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Holy Circle

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

Houses of Destinies

Garden design - garden project, memorial garden, 3D garden visualization

The Baltic Road