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Surrealist Garden

There have long been surreal elements in gardens such as strangely shaped topiary and sculptures, massive distortions of scale, or the mysteriously shaped Taihu rocks in traditional Chinese gardens.


In the 1920s and '30s many artists and writers became fascinated with the irrational, the incongruous, and almost anything provocative. They were inspired by the works of Sigmund Freud and sometimes sought to interpret the uneasy world of dreams and the subconscious mind. It initially inspired Surrealist art, literature, and film, and while there wasn't a corresponding movement of surrealist gardens it remains a form of garden with plenty of untapped potential.

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Taken on February 12, 2020