Gabor Stark : Mais Il Faut Cultiver Notre Jardin

Artist commission

The Land Trust has announced a new collaboration to work on the delivery of the West Wing Battery.

Gabor Stark has been appointed to work with Lee Evans Partnership on the development of seating and raised planters which will enable the community to both take in the spectacular views from the viewing point of the Battery, and take on the management of a small garden space following in the footsteps of one of Connaught Barracks commanding officer who is said to have had a garden in the Battery.

DAD is delighted to cooperate with Gabor on the orchestration of public events to continue the art led community engagement and placemaking process. The aim is to involve the pupils, their parents and teachers of the nearby Guston Church of England Primary School and other Dovorian Garden Guardians in the long-term management and maintenance of the communal garden space.

The project motto Mais il faut cultiver Note Jardin  is borrowed from the last sentence of Voltaire’s satirical novel Candide (1759). Having travelled the “best of all possible worlds”, only to encounter an endless array of disasters, wars and other human follies, the hero famously recommends horticultural care as an antidote to ideological doctrines and as a prescription for a contented and fulfilled life. “That is well put, replied Candide, but we have to cultivate our garden” 

You can read more  and follow Gabor’s project here