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Passe-moi un sapin Rita

2009
This garden, that symbolizes the appropriation of nature by man, is inspired by the classic game of LEGO. Acting as a “landscape simulator ", the game allows the audience to invent their own trees and plant them in a real forest. On this giant playground, the intent is not to make a particular social statement, but bring a smile to the face of visitors, connect them by a simple gesture and maybe even help them discover that planting a tree is an act that allows each person to enhance their environment.

2008
There exists in our daily life a banal object that illustrates the planted tree. It is also an icon of synthetic nature. Part of our environment for more than a half century, the aromatic “little tree” is a cliché of modern consumer culture. It is also symbolic of Man’s domination of Nature and so inspired Rita in the design of this playful garden. Rita here proposes an reinterpretation of tree‐planting by using oversized “little trees” in nature. Because of its iconic form, it is both simple and recognizable. The giantism and the repetition of the object (there are 100 in total) create a surrealist landscape that contrasts with the natural environment around it. The element of participation is important for Rita. This garden is a giant playground where visitors are called to plant their own tree on a grid inspired by Lego. What is interesting is to see how the public relate to this object inspired by everyday life. The intent is not to make a particular social statement, but bring a smile to the face of visitors, connect them by a simple gesture and maybe even help them discover the real smell of a balsam fir tree. Planting a tree is an act that allows each person to enhance their environment. Plant a tree because it is beautiful. Plant a tree because it smells good. Come play in our garden! More information is available at www.ritaritarita.ca/.

Architect: Rita Stéphane Halmaï‐Voisard, Francis Rollin, Karine Corbeil

Years of exhibition: 2008, 2009

 
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