The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a unique 30 acre (12 hectare) sculpture garden created by theorist and critic, landscape architect and designer Charles Jencks together with his late wife Maggie Keswick. The couple started the creation of the amazing garden, in 1988, at their home, Portrack House, near Dumfries in South West Scotland.
The garden’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it is sprinkled with themes inspired from biology, cosmology, mathematics, philosophy, and physics (which is providing the underlying metaphor: waves).
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a microcosm. The garden features five major areas characterized by an intriguing mix of elements belonging to nature and science: sculptures, bridges, architectural works, landforms, gardens, terraces, as well as beautiful man made lakes.
The creation process of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation took few years. Charles and Maggie consulted many of the world’s leading thinkers, scientists and philosophers of chaos and complexity theory, biology, chemistry, quantum physics and cosmology. Among them were people like Lee Smolin, Brian Goodwin, Paul Davies, Stuart Kauffman, Brain Greene and many others.
Although The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is private, it is opened to the public one day each year, for five hours, on the first Sunday of May. This single day is very precious, not only because it offers anyone the possibility to admire it, but because it is also an opportunity to raise money for the Maggie’s Center, a cancer care charity named after Jenck’s late wife.
The uniqueness of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation has even been immortalized in an orchestral composition by American composer Michael Gandolfi.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is exercising such big attraction, that each year, in the only day when it is opened, the local roads are getting very crowded. This year the garden should be open on Sunday May 4th, and the
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Sculpture. Photo source: transitionconsciousness.wordpress.com
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