Green Islands

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The design of this artistic garden is inspired by the poem ‘No Man Is An Island’ by British poet John Donne, as well as the natural scenery of Korean islands.

The central island symbolises both nature and people as interconnected islands. The glacier-shaped sculptures made of mixed-recyclable materials and marine debris and the reflective water surface, create an almost surreal atmosphere.

At a glance:

Who is this garden for? 
A public art garden​.
Where is the garden set?  
Who or what is the design inspiration?
The poem ‘No Man Is An Island’ by John Donne, as well as the natural scenery of Korean islands.

The iceberg floating on the surface of the water symbolises the appearance of the problem, but the volume of the iceberg under the water is actually much larger than what appears on the surface.

The design chimes with global environmental issues, suggesting no one is an island. No matter which country or region we come from, each of us is a closely connected community with a shared future.

Key sustainability points:

  • The main building materials are obtained through leasing, including stones, bricks, trees, etc. These materials will be returned to the supplier after the festival, so we will reduce waste
  • Many building materials in the garden are made from recyclable materials, and many buildings and materials are also recycled

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