The Moment - Ellerslie International Flower Show
The garden is based on the idea of a droplet of water forming ripples of energy across the undulating surface of a body of water.
19 upright wooden monoliths represent the natural time cycle of lunar movement around the earth providing a time period for the moments to combine. As in history some time periods are more densely packed with combined moments/events and therefore clusters of scree planting on the outer area of the Garden represent moments which have sparked a series of other moments and interactions around the uprights.
The central ring of the garden is made from unevenly distributed upright rocks which enclose beech cobbles and the solitary tree root.
The tree root represents the immediate upward energy a droplet creates as it hits the surface whilst the beech cobbles represent a wealth of moments which have immediately happened. Each cobble has sentences or fragments of feeling written on them from the people of Christchurch. These moments capture the immediate feelings or partial feelings of local people. They are encircled by upright rocks which represent the wave which happens when the entry of a droplet falls back into the body of water.
14 charred and weather upright dead branches represent the act of remembering moments past, which affect us culturally and create a sense of identity. 14 comes from the 14 steps of passover a piece of history which resonates to all cultures and offers a chance to reflect on a past moment and also look forward to new ones.