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Documentary, US 2018, 75 min
English and Dutch with English subtitles
Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.
***** “Five Seasons” reveals gardens you’d look forward to getting lost in, gardens that brilliantly use the interplay of form and color to do wonderful things to your soul.” – Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times)
***** “A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively.” – Landscape Architecture Magazine