Thanatopolis, Garden of Memory

Two proposals for Thanatopolis Garden of Memory in Pennsylvania - 'Metronome' and 'Replay'.

A grid of charred tree trunks standing in a forest clearing seeded with forget-me-nots, with ritualistic felling of the first row of remaining trunks, to be replaced by birch tree saplings. This was to be repeated every 5 years, until the 'time forest' showing generations was complete.

A clearing planted with wild strawberries, with excavated round hollows in which visitors leave birch tree seeds. Upon returning to the site, a visitor may find a seed they had sown, erupted to life as a sapling, in an ongoing race.

Design Team: Terragram Pty Ltd

Location: Proposal for Pennsylvania countryside

Year: 2010