the first European festival on creativity

2015 Programme

Event #24

Marco Martella

Returning to the garden

According to the Romans, every place was inhabited by a minor god, called genius loci, who safeguarded its uniqueness. The greatest danger for all ancient peoples and for the so-called “primitive cultures” was to live in a world that lacked sacredness – and therefore sense. Today, such locations are increasingly rare. Turned into trivial or functional spaces, lacking any affection, they allow no exchange between ourselves and the scenery that surrounds us. The garden – antique or contemporary, regal or working class, full of fruits or a place of pleasure – has always been a laboratory. We have used it to experiment different ways of inhabiting the world, midway between nature and culture. If it once condensed dreams of absolute beauty or cosmogonies, today it has become a seat of resistance. Because, though it is a good that may not be consumed, it defies market rules and places us in contact with the live energy of nature time and time again.


Marco Martella
Marco Martella

is an expert on the history of gardens and responsible for the safeguard and promotion of the historic green areas of the Département des Hauts-de-Seine, in France. In 2009 he created Jardins (Editions du Sandre), a yearly publication whose mission is to explore the poetic and philosophical nature of the garden. He has directed the international conference L’héritage d’André Le Nôtre (2013, parc de Sceaux). Using literary aliases, he has published Le jardin perdu (Actes Sud, 2011, released in Italy with the title E il giardino creò l’uomo, Ponte alle Grazie, 2012) and Jardins en temps de guerre (Actes Sud, 2014, published in Italy in 2015, again by Ponte alle Grazie, with the Giardini in tempo di guerra). He wrote the screenplay for the film Empreintes by Hervé Bernard (2015).

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Returning to the garden

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