repose 1 |riˈpōz|
temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep : in repose her face looked relaxed.
• a state of peace : the repose of the soul of the dead man.
• composure : he had lost none of his grace or his repose.
• Art harmonious arrangement of colors and forms, providing a restful visual effect.
verb [ intrans. ]
be lying, situated, or kept in a particular place : the diamond now reposes in the Louvre.
• lie down in rest : how sweetly he would repose in the four-poster bed.
• [ trans. ] ( repose something on/in) poetic/literary lay something to rest in or on (something) : I’ll go to him, and repose our distresses on his friendly bosom.
• [ trans. ] archaic give rest to : he halted to repose his wayworn soldiers.
verb [ trans. ] ( repose something in)
place something, esp. one’s confidence or trust, in : we have never betrayed the trust that you have reposed in us.
Every garden needs a spot to rest, a spot of repose. A place just to sit and listen, to watch and wonder, to take a much needed and meditative break. A place to find peace from the day’s complexities. It is not just the physical resting of the body, but also the resting of the mind and the mind’s eye.
A garden filled with bloom and color needs those places where the eye can have a rest as well, sometimes accomplished with a strategic dash of white. A place to focus, a place to realign, a place of special detail. After a brief rest, the eye can continue on through the landscape.
This colorful garden above, is sited away from the home, to be intentionally seen from a distance. It can be for allergies, or in this case, not to compete with the serenity and the borrowed view of the escapement. The paved space is a much more zen-like experience without all the color. A very old, middle Eastern alter completes the experience. The borrowed view is a mere birch framed peek, a window to the grand scenery just around the corner.
Just look a little to the left, below, it is the same moss encrusted stone bench. There is plenty of newly planted shade plants just waiting to mature and give ambiance, privacy and serenity to the space. The altar base was subsequently done in beautiful, faded blue and rust colored antique, handmade mosaic, but this image was taken during the construction process, so missed the final completion. Work on this project lasted years. I will show you some of it at a later time. But this space was designed for reflection and meditation. A perfectly shaded resting zone in austere simplicity.
Garden benches when sited well are not only a place for the body to rest, but also a resting point for the eye if designed and placed as such. Above, the design affords a theater-like view of the stunning fall landscape. The raised, moss-covered patio is attached to the structure, but feels separate. It joins as one to the outdoor landscape sited with deference to the existing trees. The design below is part of the property in the second image. It is in a terraced area below the upper patios and canopied veranda. I bet you are guessing I like to design fluid and curved outdoor areas. Even the first image has the patio on a large and gentle curve. Curves are the relaxing of a straight line.
They don’t even care where they plop down. These big cats were taken at the Buffalo Zoo, a project of which I was part working at the architectural firm in Buffalo. I did design work and construction documents, working in a team. It was like a dream project for me. I had a zoo pass and spent a lot of time there.
Our next Word for Wednesday is Evolution or Evolve. It was suggested by…b_a_g, of Experiments With Plants. It will be a real challenge for Evolution, so I threw in Evolve since evolution is a derivative of evolve. Join in on Wednesday, October 19.
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