The interest in nature converges with concerns about questions of identity, ecology, politics and aesthetics. The environment constitutes a fertile field of inquiry for artists, who observe it, act upon it, sample it and seek to understand the changes taking place within it. The differences in the treatment of nature that we can observe in such artistic genres as landscape, still life, Land Art illustrate how human beings’ relationship with nature has changed over time, moving gradually from contemplation to interaction. While science, for its part, sometimes leads us to believe in the possibility of complete mastery over nature, the projects presented here attest not so much to a desire for domination as to a limitless curiosity with respect to the natural world.
The interest in nature converges with concerns about questions of identity, ecology, politics and aesthetics. The environment constitutes a fertile field of inquiry for artists, who observe it, act upon it, sample it and seek to understand the changes taking place within it. The differences in the treatment of nature that we can observe in such artistic genres as landscape, still life, Land Art illustrate how human beings’ relationship with nature has changed over time, moving gradually from contemplation to interaction. While science, for its part, sometimes leads us to believe in the possibility of complete mastery over nature, the projects presented here attest not so much to a desire for domination as to a limitless curiosity with respect to the natural world.

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In vitro

International Garden Festival, Reford Garden, Grand-Métis (Québec)

NIP paysage
2001
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NIP paysage has adopted an approach based on site-specific intervention, for the company takes its inspiration from the site on which it works. Its landscape architecture attests to in-depth study of the particular features of the site and of issues relating to these features. The results are often imbued with an ecological flavour. NIP paysage approaches the art of gardening from a scientific vantage point: its work is presented along with relevant statistics, information on local flora, and test tubes containing plant shoots and other specimens. The work’s title, In vitro, is a Latin expression that means “in glass”; it refers to experiments conducted using test tubes, Petri dishes and other glass laboratory equipment. NIP paysage places us, therefore, before a nature shaped by human beings.
NIP paysage has adopted an approach based on site-specific intervention, for the company takes its inspiration from the site on which it works. Its landscape architecture attests to in-depth study of the particular features of the site and of issues relating to these features. The results are often imbued with an ecological flavour. NIP paysage approaches the art of gardening from a scientific vantage point: its work is presented along with relevant statistics, information on local flora, and test tubes containing plant shoots and other specimens. The work’s title, In vitro, is a Latin expression that means “in glass”; it refers to experiments conducted using test tubes, Petri dishes and other glass laboratory equipment. NIP paysage places us, therefore, before a nature shaped by human beings.

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Festival international des Jardins de Métis, Grand-Métis (Québec)

NIP paysage
2001
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Festival international des Jardins de Métis, Grand-Métis (Québec)

NIP paysage
2001
© NIP paysage


Festival international des Jardins de Métis, Grand-Métis (Québec)

NIP paysage
2001
© NIP paysage


In vitro
Summer 2001

This interpretive garden is an attempt to actualize the traditional and poetic visions of the forest concept. The garden seeks to unite the magical forest-based legends and the complex realities of contemporary forest components. Fundamentally, the forest fulfills three roles: cultural reference, industrial resource and leisure space.
Questioning the aesthetics and mythological aspects of forestry, the garden exhibits, in foreground, a nomadic spruce façade growing out of blue barrels. A linear wood floor runs through the site and is crossed by blue plastic woodchip veins, on which are installed metal structures. Each steel frame is lined with enigmatic jars. The numerous transparent jars are filled with “spruce gum” and “pine cone jam,” simultaneously provoking aesthetic pleasure and question: hasn’t the contemporary forest transformed itself into a laboratory, a factory, a supermarket, a museum or a leisure centre? Finally, the ground plane recalls the drama of deforestation and burning of woody matter. Metaphorically, the carbonized zone is transformed into p Read More
In vitro
Summer 2001

This interpretive garden is an attempt to actualize the traditional and poetic visions of the forest concept. The garden seeks to unite the magical forest-based legends and the complex realities of contemporary forest components. Fundamentally, the forest fulfills three roles: cultural reference, industrial resource and leisure space.
Questioning the aesthetics and mythological aspects of forestry, the garden exhibits, in foreground, a nomadic spruce façade growing out of blue barrels. A linear wood floor runs through the site and is crossed by blue plastic woodchip veins, on which are installed metal structures. Each steel frame is lined with enigmatic jars. The numerous transparent jars are filled with “spruce gum” and “pine cone jam,” simultaneously provoking aesthetic pleasure and question: hasn’t the contemporary forest transformed itself into a laboratory, a factory, a supermarket, a museum or a leisure centre? Finally, the ground plane recalls the drama of deforestation and burning of woody matter. Metaphorically, the carbonized zone is transformed into playground, scattered with giant transgenic blueberries used for sitting and bouncing around.

© NIP paysage

NIP paysage is a company of landscape architects founded in 2001 by Mathieu Casavant, France Cormier, Josée Labelle, Michel Langevin and Mélanie Mignault. In 2002, the collective received the National Merit award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the first prize of the Montréal Institute of Design.

selected projects
2005 Pause, Paysages éphémères, Avenue Mont-Royal, Montréal (Québec) 2004 Eaux vives, regards croisés, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal (Québec)
Impluvium, Biennale de Montréal (Québec) 2002 Trans[plant], Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa (Ontario) 2001 In vitro, International Garden Festival, Reford Garden, Grand-Métis (Québec)
NIP paysage is a company of landscape architects founded in 2001 by Mathieu Casavant, France Cormier, Josée Labelle, Michel Langevin and Mélanie Mignault. In 2002, the collective received the National Merit award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the first prize of the Montréal Institute of Design.

selected projects
  • 2005 Pause, Paysages éphémères, Avenue Mont-Royal, Montréal (Québec)
  • 2004 Eaux vives, regards croisés, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal (Québec)
  • Impluvium, Biennale de Montréal (Québec)
  • 2002 Trans[plant], Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa (Ontario)
  • 2001 In vitro, International Garden Festival, Reford Garden, Grand-Métis (Québec)

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • demonstrate an understanding of how science and art can be linked;
  • try to explain the state of mind of the artist when they made this art piece.

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