October 20, 2020
After months of study, the concept design of Daniel Libeskind’s installation for the Paleis Het Loo arrived from New York. The project now also has a title: The Garden of Earthly Worries. The American architect takes inspiration from the magnificent garden of Het Loo – considered a sort of earthly paradise by the rulers of the time – to transform it into a place full of contemporary concerns. The concept of the four sculptures was born as a contemporary interpretation of the Baroque forms. The starting point is a sphere – a perfect classic form par excellence -, a sort of new world, of a new atmosphere that dialogues with the two historical spheres / fountains in the garden: one depicts the terrestrial globe the depocts other the celestial vault. .
The four sculptures dialogue with the royalty of the gardens, with its mythological statues, classic fountains, flowers and rare plants. The title is a clear reference to the theme of environmental sustainability. The sculptures are the “new elements” of contemporaneity and underline the idea that the well-being and progress of the civilization must be linked to a “green” development of the economy and society. Thanks to Carla Swickerath of Studio Libeskind for her precious collaboration.