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Friday, January 18, 2013
In a recent attempt to explain a room set-up for one of Greg’s upcoming speaking engagements, I described the connector between the shop and the lecture area. Call it a hallway connecting two rooms or spaces. But in my feeble attempt for the exact words to define it, I called it well, you know, ‘empty space.’
So the design question for today is how many empty spaces do you encounter throughout the day? Call them connectors or hallways in the architectural sense. In the garden, it may be a pathway leading you to another room in the landscape; whether in an arboretum, park or even your own garden. Where are those empty spaces?
How do you fill them or do you leave them untouched? Are they lit with fixtures or only by natural sunlight? Do you adorn these corridors that take you to another garden room with colorful plant materials, a sculptural piece or do you leave it as it is? Are you a minimalist or more classical? Do you prefer blank or full and active?
From an architectural standpoint, think about those outside pathways, connectors, or empty spaces. Consider it food for design thought. It’s a personal choice and very subjective. We have a bit of time to ponder this before the spring. As Dee Hock points out, “Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.”
Image of a nook within a stone wall filled with Purple Sage by Ann Bilowz
P.S. This image was taken a few months ago. Though not an example of a connector or pathway, it shows how we often fill up those empty spaces.
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