The sixth International landscape design and park art trade fair “Voronezh – Garden”, held on 8–11 September at Voronezh Central Park, was the largest in the history of the event. In 2016 150 thousand guests visited the trade fair (in comparison, in 2015 the fair was visited by 108 thousand people). This year the Vorornezh Cental Park “Dinamo” was chosen as the location for the event. Interesting landscape design approaches, different details of garden architecture, agricultural products, and the latest things in agriculture were presented at the event. Guests of the event participated in various workshops, saw numerous performances, and took a lot of photos of the flowery decorations.
The organisers held 40 workshops and showed off 102 expositions at the exhibition platform. 38 winners were chosen in 11 competitions. The fair also included the 5th International Forum “Parks of Culture”. About 100 design agencies and landscape companies took part in the competitions. During the opening ceremony the winners of this contest were announced. Here are some of them:
Straw Film Set
An exhibit made of straw and hay was presented by Vasily Kozlov, the creator of Lomovsky landscape park in Vorobyovsky rayon. The designer was inspired by Lomi's landscape and the bygone Lomovsky hamlet. Everything that nature inspired was in harmony with the theme of the event – the Year of Russian Cinema. Thus a wooden film camera and cinema equipment made of hessian were exhibited. Straw decorations created the atmosphere of a real film set.
Street Cinema – Whale
This objet d'art combined the event’s theme with that of environmental preservation. The Street Cinema is the collaborative work of artist Anton Mukovnikov, architect Alexander Firsov, and the “Star&Mlad” cinema chain. The creators thought that the image of a whale would remind the audience that only humans can preserve the natural grandeur. The programme of the cinema perfectly reflected this idea. The guests saw Russian fictional, documentary and animated films which showed Russian nature. The cinema was free of charge.
The concept for the Garden was suggested by Yago Kin, the President of Arborist Association in the UK. Yago Kin was inspired by his trip to Voronezh in 2015, when he was a member of the jury of the 5th “Voronezh – the Garden City” trade fair. The British expert was inspired by the rich orthodox culture at that time.
“The Garden of Yogis” was based on the idea of caring for nature, that’s why an exhibit was made of moss and recyclable materials. According to its creators the installation called “Hand” symbolized humanity's care of nature, and television displays symbolized a conceptual shift from the Year of Cinema to the upcoming Year of Ecology.
The Kitten from Lizyukova Street
Another exhibit continuing the theme of the Year of Russian Cinema was an homage to a famous cartoon and a monument popular with tourists. The Kitten called Vasily and the Raven were made of flowers, and the guests, especially newly-weds, really loved this exhibit.
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