Etna, the erratic Sicilian garden (VERSAILLES)
The Versailles-Marseille landscape architect school (ENSP)
What is the Sicilian volcanic landscape? when was the eruption that created the soil that the trees
colonized, the bushes invaded, the lichen covered, and that the travelers tread?
´Etna, the erratic Sicilian garden tells the volcanic gigantic landscape by the deep harmony between the
microcosm and the macrocosm. An atypical garden crossed by the lava streams from different times
which provoke the travellers imagination.
The grounds are moulting, to become a new substrate, a new garden. The place reflect the complexity
of geological time as fragments of time in their own path slicing the Etna slopes in successive horizons.
These times of the volcano collide with the precipitation of mass tourism and urban expansion. Forms
of erosion appear on unlocated places : We must invent new logics of travelling to the top that follow
those of the landscape; Sensitize inhabitants to their habitat through a landscape enhancement project.
There is a devious way of going to Etna; by meeting and resonating the elements of the travel
(obstacles, potential of destruction, potential of a birth of the landscape, inhabitants and tourists ...).
The slope here is the chronological escalation of the strata and gardens of the volcano. It is the
landscape fragmented by the metabolism of Etna, its phenomenology. We must go back to a pleasure
of the long time, the human pace, restore the appetite of landscapes that teach us something about
From the top to the base, how to make the ´longitudinal, ´transversal. In the following project, the
garden must trigger the journey to the landscape ...