Urban Medieval Gardens for the Tatort Paderborn festival
Hortus Oblitus is located on a square in front of the Market Church in the center of the medieval city of Paderborn. It is a temporary installation revisiting the medieval garden. The loose arrangement of 100 raised square boxes sitting on legs of different heights creates a pixelated geometric order, an adapted contemporary version of a traditional medieval garden as we know it.
100 different useful plant species from the Middle Ages are growing in the sequence of boxes. Some of the boxes are covered with grass and invite people to sit and relax on a soft and green bench amidst the growing and blowing plant scape against the backdrop of the stony square.
The garden becomes a place of communication, a place to meet each other in a peaceful and healthy environment, it invites a discourse about more actively participating in the making of our cities. Hortus Oblitus is a place to share knowledge about the power of plants and how to integrate and merge the useful with the pleasurable. It also questions who is using (or not) and taking care (or not) of the shared spaces in our cities that are actually a common good.
OOZE (Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg)
City of Paderborn
Production: Jasper van der Made; Consultant: Stefanie Strauß (plant specialist); Paula Martinez Sancho (Ooze)