This book is possibly one of the most interesting and visually stimulating I have ever had the enormous pleasure to read. I cannot express the true profoundness of the work of Charles Jencks.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation tells the story of one of the most important gardens of the 21st century, it has been viewed as a unique response to the age old conflict between art and science.
Based in the borders area of Scotland, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a place to explore the fundamental aspects of the universe.
Created by the internationally celebrated architectural critic and designer Charles Jencks, he has explored some of the most profound questions that haunt us, through his shaping of his life-times work, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
He asks such questions as:
"What are atoms made of and how should we conceive of them? How does DNA make up a living organism and why is it essential to celebrate it in a garden?"
Charles Jencks has mastered visual metaphors, creating a truly unique way of thinking. He has taken it upon himself to challenge frequently misunderstood concepts such as the "Big Bang" and the "Selfish Gene"
This Garden is a celebration of the universe and nature, both intellectually and through the senses, this book guides you through his process of the design of the garden and presents a view of the universe quite different from the standard model
Visually stunning, and thought provoking, the combination of photographs of the garden and explanations into the science that inspired it does the garden justice. In fact, you come out more in awe of Charles Jencks and his brilliant mind than before, realising his vision to view the universe in a different way.
Unique and unusual, this book is a personal account from Charles Jencks about the development of the garden. Intellectually stimulating and with a dash of humour, this book provides a rare insight into the way Charles Jencks envisioned viewing the universe through this Garden. Touching on recent scientific discoveries and philosophical questions.
This book eloquently tells the story of a brilliant mind, and a brilliant garden.