Archive for November, 2010

Claude Cormier, Blue Stick Garden

November 3, 2010

Invited to participate in the centennial of Gertrude Jekyll’s historic Hestercombe Gardens, we thought it only fitting that Blue Stick Garden should travel to its original source of inspiration. Jekyll’s work was seminal to the oeuvre of Elsie Reford, who created the Métis garden that spawned Blue Stick. Our installation was a landscape tribute to the formal garden created by Jekyll and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, which is celebrated as one of the determining landscape works of the last century.


Blue Tree, Claude Cormier

November 3, 2010

Installation for the Cornerstone Festival of Gardens, Napa Valley

New life was given to a diseased tree slated for removal by decking its branches with 75,000 retrofitted sky-blue Christmas balls. The landscape equivalent of a Photoshop eraser saturated this natural tree with the artificial in a bid for total camouflage. But the opposite result occurred: Blue Tree stood out against the ever-changing sky, becoming a barometer for subtle fluctuations in natural light.