HOtel MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS / THE RED GARDEN SET DESIGN
The Agency Christophe Gautrand & Associates designed an unusual plant installation subtly mixing the elegant and avant-garde Tanqueray’s universe with Shibari, the Japanese binding art, to fully integrate the lush and enchanting garden of the Mandarin Oriental Paris. Unique artistic experience combining mastered technique and lush nature, results in the trunk of a tree levitating above the water mirror of the garden supported by dozens of ropes.
This ephemeral work is a subtle blend of poetic inspiration and artistic installation. It features a levitating tree suspended by Japanese ropes. A sensual dimension is brought to this garden: the evocation of a body through an elongated tree above a water mirror.
shibari, AN ANCESTRAL Art
Shibari, a Japanese ancestral martial art, intended to immobilize samurais. Its reinterpretation in a Shibari tree, a weightlessness tree like a bounded body, gradually reveals to the attentive visitor its secret and sensual universe.
symbol, texture, matERIAL
The knots and the crossing ropes weave a cocoon around this plane tree body. The intense red of the hemp ropes, the emerald green of the bottle shards and the green setting of the garden invite a desire for a moment of self-forgetfulness.
« To associate garden and emotion and to create a garden in a garden was for me the challenge of this project. So, I tried to play on sensuality by creating an artistic installation rather than working only the plant as in a traditional garden »
The bark of this plane tree, an iconic tree of the great Parisian avenues, with its noble and proud appearance, is exposed in an almost intimate way. The blue, gray and green hue of its skin, of its bark, are decorated with a glass ornament made of bottle shards. The soft sensation of this skin defies the sharp sensation of the glass that dresses it.
« THE red garden » EPHEMERAL INSTALLATION FOR TANQUERAY AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS
General Contractor : MANDARIN ORIENTAL
Location : Paris
Date : 2017
Photography : Hugo HEBRARD