I have never seen anything quite like these images. There are many beautiful things in this world, but it is far and few between when something or someone truly takes your breath away. At first glance, this installation immediately transported me to a different place and I envy those that actually had the opportunity to rest under the installation at the Church of San Stae on the Grand Canal at the 50th Venice Biennial in 2003.
This installation was completed by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger. It’s graceful, ethereal, and peaceful all at the same time- completely transporting the viewer to a field of floating wildflowers and grace.
“The Doge (Mocenigo) needed a church so as to be able to have a monumental tomb built for himself, the church (San Staë) needed a saint so as to be able to be built, the saint (San Eustachio) needed a miracle so as to be pronounced a saint, the miracle needed a stag in order to be seen, and we built the garden for the reindeer. The visitors lie on the bed above the doge’s gravestone, and the garden thinks for them.”