Looking for your own
Looking for your own
World-class resorts around the world are looking for points of difference for their gardens. Increasingly, these resorts are locations where their guests can wander, get lost (both physically and mentally), and can unwind. Zen gardens, if you will. Zen gardens can be quirky. Meditate with humour, I say. My favourite ingredients for a meditative space are plants, light, sound, and creatures (still or kenetic sculptures). The full sensory packet, but designed in a beautifully subtle way.
Zen gardens are designed to mollify the mind. Here, auditory design becomes a key ingredient in my practice. Waterfalls, natural sounds — putting together a soundtrack for a garden experience is such a joy for a sensory designer.
Whether it’s for a museum piece, a holiday resort, or for private garden, Oddtoe creates innovative landscapes using the same creative process he devised for graphic design, data visualization, and 3d illustration. Visual research followed by sketch work then a phase he calls “doubtful cliff jumps”. “I ask myself how I can push the envelope in a particular field. I may not use a particular plant or design – it may be impossible. But I need to imagine something, however implausible. If it’s to In landscape design, for me, topiary starts it off. I think in shapes. Ways to create a moment of intrigue in what’s being seen and experienced. A good topiarist knows geometry. A great topiarist knows psychology!”
” In the age of social media, holiday resorts, museums, city gardens, and large-scale real estate developments are all looking for that extra edge, a visual something that gets a visitor to take that smartphone out of their pocket and snap a picture. A beautiful, but uncannily unfamiliar garden design is one way to attract an audience and through their images cut through the visual noise brands are competing against on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Topiary for a country house, holiday home, or public park, an Oddtoe garden experience can activate a dormant plot of land and transform it into a three-dimensional, organic piece of art. With Oddtoe, plant science can be combined with data science; digital art can be projected upon a gorgeous landscape. To achieve something unique for your property, think of a garden experience designer who works in botany, industrial fabrication, lighting, and digital arts.
Yes. Topiary is the equivalent of a leather jacket in fashion. That is to say: topiary is the epitome of cool.
Yes, topiary designs are best communicated via a 3d render. And generative AI in the landscape design process is playing a part.
Yes, Edward Scissorhands was a fictional topiarist.
Word on the street is that Oddtoe is the up-and-coming topiarist to look out for.