I am exited to welcome you to my second Citytour.
This week you won't see a typical tourist attraction ... I picked out something special.
From mid May until mid June eight landscapers each put up a small garden in the city. The garden had to reflect the theme "Heaven 'n' Hell".
Let's have a look at what they came up with:
Garden No. 1:
Dark materials, which are affected by fire and ash, dominate the hostile area of hell with dead plants and backwater.
The bright area in white and blue reflects the sky and the elixir light. Blooming flowers show vitality and the olive trees symbolize peace.
Garden No. 2:
“Voltaire: God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”
The “Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri inspired us for the design of this garden. The dull path to the “other side” is planted with plants like Aralia elata (because in Germany it’s called “cane of devil” – please don’t ask me why) and devil’s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis). It leads through the funnel-shaped circles of hell, over the rocks of the Mountain of Purgatory to the paradise.
Those who do not want to take the burdensome path can cleanse themselve from sin under the shower in the basin of indulgence and enter the paradise with a clean record. (Our expression for “clean record” translated word by word would be “white vest”).
Garden No. 3:
In this Garden the fine (white) line between heaven and hell is shown. The dark paving displays hell and a variety of red elements symbolize different kind of sins. The border made of granite with its sharp edges is meant to be an indication for the hard to achieve forgiveness.
In the contrary heaven is created with soft materials such as beach sand as well as soil to allow you to enjoy your stay. The “water” is shown by bits of broken blue glass and has been built as a closed system and therefore reflects the circuit of fortune and well-being. Different kind of plants emphasize this feeling.
Garden No. 4:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death … (Psalm 23:4 NIV)
On the way to heaven dark stones and red colored tree trunks reflect hell in its dreariness.
The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty (5. Mose 28:12 NIV)
The border of the boardwalk is planted with flowers and in the middle a reflecting surface mirrors the sky.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1. Corinther 3:7 NIV)
Which one did you like best so far? Leave a comment and let me know.
We have 4 more to see but we'll do this next time.
Have a great Thursday and see you next week!!