|Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden
|Land Art by artist-activist Nancy
Jesper Roos, age six:
Nancy's Garden is
like a giant lung it
provides fresh air for
all of Key West.
This "garden" does not fit into traditional garden design. The site is not an
ALL PLANT GARDEN dedicated to horticultural function, decoration, or display.
This site is open to the public as an IDEA GARDEN. It is a form of persuasion A place
where the artist can express her highly personal and frequently unorthodox beliefs about the
proper use of money and healthful living. It is a handmade environment that expresses a
personal moral conviction. Where I quote at lenght my own poignant and tragic story. Where
the environment surrounds and envelopes the two historical buildings
It express profoundly personal far-flung garden richly rewarding and inspiring. Fiercely
independent individual handmade environment years of obsessive work expresses profoundly
personal and frequently orthodox beliefs form of persuasion a place to make public the creator
heartfelt ideas about the past and the future or healthful living the form it took was no materials
no brick no mortar extraordinary signage. Individual unique creation. How does it fit into
traditional garden design religious architecture environmental sculpture and folk art.as an artist
I have the compulsion to create the sense of place, an inflamed visionary spirit quoted at lenght
by my own poignant and pungent commentary on what they have created and why A site
endowed with public concepts botanical value, a naturalized woodland garden
nicknamed Key West's rain forest, with aroids, fern orchids, and 150 different kinds of
palms, historical and cultural value, Centurion fruit trees planted by the Conchs 100
years ago, environmental value (last acre of undeveloped wooded land in the heart of old
town) artistic value beautiful jewel of the tropics, magnet for artists and naturalists .
Sanctuary value used for sensory perception for peace for therapy ceremonies resting
place for the deceased skeptical acceptance idiosyncratic genus tenacious faith and
un-alienated labor. An art that aspires to say much compelling subject hand made
environment that express a personal ans moral vision I chose on my birthday to identify
myself as an artist and identified by others Environment surrounds and engulfs the
houses result of many years of work material world challenges credulity little prior
knowledge. language of art environment outsider, isolate,eccentric,grassroots
vernacular,naive a distance from conventions and high culture. perjorative as well.
creation marginal status stress isolation and art born of social and cultural circumstances.
Looks like a Word garden in a particular way. Garden collection of plants Garden a private
space a collection of plants intended as a place of refuge or leisure. it is the prevailing
metaphor for paradise exalted sense humble sense a patch of earth from which we coax
our food. Garden is a bounded space brought under control/ to some measure of
perfection creato endows with particular personal meanings. to share with the world. My
garden is where my private speculation makes it appearance before the public I defined a
conception of nature and its place in the world.