An interactive garden journey through space, time, and ideas
Interactive web documentary - 2017 | 21:32
A self-guided tour of Marnas, the garden laboratory of Swedish landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson, allowing the visitor to discover six decades of interplay between garden form, ideas, and the practice of gardening.
Directed by: Anne Whiston Spirn
Multimedia design: John Moody
Web-interface & design: Zhao Ma, Halla Moore
Marnas is a landmark of design and a masterful interplay between theory and practice. In 1965, SIA laid out the initial garden. Two years later, he published a witty manifesto in which he criticized designers for producing finished works, where every detail is fixed.
Instead, he advocated an open framework in which details evolve in response to changing needs and desires. From 1965 until his death in 2007, Andersson documented the evolution of the garden in thousands of photographs. In books and essays, he reflected on what he learned from the process.
Our goal with the website is to enable the visitor to wander through the garden as it existed during its designer’s lifetime and to feel the interplay between garden form, ideas, and the practice of gardening.