Gardens are universal, but why do we actually create them? According to Glenn Lewis, gardens perhaps evoke a utopian ancestral memory of a time when we lived in caves, surrounded by primeval forests. Gardens allow us to put aside “the world of red dust” (our troubled and deluded minds) and become free and focussed in the natural world. Gardens are humankind’s first home, our primeval place in nature. Like the mythical Garden of Eden, which houses both the tree of knowledge and the tree of enlightenment, gardens in their ceaselessly changing seasons remind us of life’s impermanence and the endless cycle of birth and death.
Luminous Garden, the third art exhibition organized and presented by Lam Wong during his year-long artist residency at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, investigates the concept of the garden as a sanctuary for spiritual growth: a place to connect to nature and arouse enlightenment through contemplation and meditation. The exhibition features a collection of garden photography by Glen Lewis and Lam Wong, coupled with ceramic tea ware by Lewis that will be used in tea ceremonies and art performances Wong will conduct in the garden during the spring and summer.