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Poule mouillée!
Poule mouillée!

And still yet another installation at this year's International Garden Festival at Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens: with the caveat that we haven't yet seen any of the gardens in person — to repeat: not a single one — and thus we're only judging by image and text alone, our handicapped favorite is the entry by the team of Claudia Delisle, Karine Dieujuste, Philippe Nolet and Sami Tannoury.

“This garden,” they write, “takes its form from the most common garden tools: 66 sprinklers that remind us of the residential garden. This installation takes roots in the collective memory, reminding us of spontaneous childhood water games.”

Watery naves fleeting in and out of form. Infectiously joyous children and adults shooting through the spritely, melodically sputtering fountains, shrieking as if experiencing a kind of hydrological rapture — that is, until keeling over, comatosed from too much nostalgia of domestic bliss.

This installation is called Poule mouillée!, which can be loosely translated as: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

The Hydrological Playground
  • Belle Epoque
  • July 2, 2009 at 6:35:00 AM CDT
  • I fed "Poule mouillée" through an online translator and it spit back..."Wet Hen"!!

  • Harry Wakefield
  • July 28, 2009 at 3:55:00 PM CDT
  • More like "wet chicken", watch the video here:

  • Alexander Trevi
  • July 28, 2009 at 4:26:00 PM CDT
  • Not to sound too self-satisfied but I sort of like my transliteration better. :-)

    Seeing the video and the photos at Moco Loco though, the installation doesn't inspire much gaiety now as it did originally.

    Originally as in: Summer. Boiling temperatures. Humidity weighing down like anvil. Then a fire hydrant is let loose in the streets. Wet, giggling children and adults running around hysterically.

    Sort of like that originally. But not now.

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