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PROLOGUE

01/	
SWEEPING
THE FOREST FLOOR
"ECOTONE TEMPLE" is a sacred space
developed through an ongoing communion
with the landscape. The project is located
south of Riding Mountain National Park
in Manitoba, on a 22-hectare (54-acre)
cottage lot bisected by the ecotone
separating Boreal Plains and Aspen
Parkland. The work began as practicum
research into a system for the design of
stages at music festivals that responds to
existing vegetation structure.
Based on simple and iterative processes, a
series of paths and nodes have manifested
in a landscape on which access for the
gathering of traditional medicines
and berries is the major functional
consideration.
These forest routes and rooms are the
result of walking meditation practiced as
site-surveying. In this meditation, constant
pauses to move ever-smaller fragments of
the forest become a layering of meaning,
expressing a deepening intimacy where
the physical act of design accompanies the
spiritual act of Knowing.
Interventions are simple, redeploying
materials found or generated on-site.
Constrained by a limited palette of
tools - hatchet, machete, twine - this
engagement is inherently one of intimate

scale; the human patterns introduced
do not interfere with the ability of
nonhumans to blur and modify. All
materials used will, over time, return to
the site, altering but not harming the
ecological systems they highlight.
The use of material becomes the basis for
a choreographed ritual, whereby the ecorevelatory gathering and redeployment
of flows - the yearly fall of spruce cones,
fallen branches, leaf litter - functions as
a devotional expression. Resulting from
the engagement with the life-processes
of the site is a ritualized relationship with
other lifeforms. I sweep up and place
pinecones: the path of a squirrel changes
in response to this new stockpiling
of food resources: the distribution of
nutrients follows the squirrel, and in time
finds expression in the distribution of
vegetation.
Major rooms begin to grow out of
stands of spruce, and as the areas most
frequently inhabited, these begin to host
details created with excess materials
gathered from the site. Invasive burdock,
necessarily cleared (the process of which
is an anticipatory ritual), offers stalks
which, when dried, become the basis for
notably tectonic interventions.

Evan Tremblay is a Métis graduate student in the Department of Landscape
Architecture at the University of Manitoba. Ongoing work on his practicum, "A
Landform-based Approach to Noogenesis," is focused on the relationship between
ritualized land art and ecosystem services. He enjoys contact juggling in his spare time.
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EVAN TREMBLAY

Scales colonize the ground plane,
frequently anchored by the pillar/trunks of
venerable trees. Concentrations of colour
and texture, the content of theses scales
varies with the ecological history of the
spaces from which they are formed, so that
pools of pinecones, needles, acorns and
twigs coalesce as representative responses
to each micro-site.
The results are spaces for the celebration
of light and colour; lower, dead limbs
cleared from spruce, for paths and to
produce sap for harvesting, frame clusters
of aspen and tamarack (themselves
concentrations of medicine and berries),
and spaces swept clean of debris become
the frames for inhabiting a volume of
dappled light.
The sculptural form that arises from this
engagement with the site is a physical
recording; one that grows in tandem with
a deepening spiritual relationship, namely
a physical extrusion of an inner peace.
Emerging from the ritual of maintaining
this sacred landscape are a series of
holistic techniques, a "spiritual technology"
developed in conjunction with the place,
which informs the design of future sites
and projects, grafting a devotional aspect
to an otherwise profane professionalism.

PHOTOS EVAN TREMBLAY



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2020

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
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