Forest² is a garden that attempts to create the illusion of a forest using parallel mirrors and just 30 trees. The Sock felt that it worked very well and liked the muted colour palette which was a moment of mental calm amidst the frenzied colours of most of the gardens. The blurb in the Show Catalogue reads
The forest is often represented in literature as a place of encounter and this is signified here by the inclusion of two boulder seats that echo the warm white of the tree trunks.So far so good but it then goes on to say
...high mirrored walls multiply the forest to infinity. This offers a stark contrast to the ongoing disappearance of the world's forests due to our unsustainable stripping of the earth's natural resources..
Was the last sentence really necessary? It felt like the now obligatory add-on "sustainability blah blah blah" as if it wouldn't get into the show ground without the right environmental credentials.
Don't get the Sock wrong -- she is all for sustainability, recycling, saving the world etc. but doesn't need it rammed down her throat at every possible opportunity!
Later the Sock overhead a woman say to her friend "I came here for some fun and a trolley-load of plants, not a trolley-load of guilt!". How true, how very very true....