So sang The Rolling Stones in the 60′s
Ever wonder at songs and their lyrics?
Keith Richards of The Stones explained: “Mick and I had been up all night, it was raining outside, and there was the sound of these boots near the window, belonging to my gardener, Jack Dyer.
It woke Mick up. He said, ‘What’s that?’ I said, ‘Oh, that’s Jack. That’s jumping Jack.’
I started to work around the phrase on the guitar, which was in open tuning, singing the phrase ‘Jumping Jack.’ Mick said, ‘Flash,’ and suddenly we had this phrase with a great rhythm and ring to it.”
And so a UK 1968 no 1 hit was born.
Brain storming and blue sky thinking - what we garden designers are good at!
And there has been plenty of both involved in the creation of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation:
Here in Border Country Charles Jencks and his wife Maggie Keswick together created their fabulous earthworks and elegant lakes. It is a grand, expansive world of grass and water. But to one side you find yourself in a rather gloomy wood and the only escape is:
to cross a rather wacky, hipped bridge:
And you then find yourself in open sunlight
but on a loopy lou boardwalk which tilts through 5 planes, (giving it such a dynamism that it appears to lift off the ground)
and ends in another wacky bridge.
We roared with laughter as we staggered drunkenly, but totally sober, along the boardwalk, then climbed the steps and mused over the asymetric beauty of these so called ‘Jumping Bridges’ which seem to fly out of the ground:
But of course there is so much more meant here than just fun and beauty, however much those are to be valued.
We are in the world and mind of the post modernist Charles Jencks. He is hot on message in the landscape and his message here is nothing less than the history of the universe.
‘One theory about the origin of the universe is that it started out as a runaway imbalance between particles and their opposites, anti-particles. According to the Uncertainty Principle the void or vacuum is always seething with pairs of such virtual particles that jump into existence from nothing and then are annihilated by their opposite’ says Jencks.
So amidst our laughter we were physically imitating the origins of the universe.
The asymmetrical curve of the bridges was inspired by fractal or naturally imperfect geometry rather than classical geometry.
But the bridges also have bays where you can sit and picnic.
Seems very much like having your cake and eating it!
Our American colleagues will be awash with brainstorming techniques on ‘getting from here to there’.
So click on the links below:
for some blue sky thinking
L and R