The Garden that You Planted by Rowena Dring


From the autumn of 2009 until the end of winter 2010, I lived in a chateau in the south of Burgundy. The property, originally a 13th century fortification built upon a Roman temple, has over the centuries been rebuilt and altered, becoming a tapestry of interwoven histories. What was once a pleasure garden and summer palace to a large and profitable estate been diminished as a result of industrialization and war. The chateau now faces an uncertain future with plans to build a high-speed railway through the property. The faded beauty of the estate and its poetic history, which in many ways is a time capsule of modern European history, are at the centre of my new works.