A Garden for the Senses – Space, Beyond Matter

Array May


Conducted by: Aurora Carapinha
Location: Gulbenkian Garden
Meeting Point: Edifício Sede entrance

For ages 16 and above
Capacity: 25 people (minimum participation of 10 people)
Duration: 90 minutes

Registration: free entry with ticket collection on the same day (one ticket per person)

* This visit will take place in the Gulbenkian Garden. Participants must wear suitable clothing and footwear. The activity will only be cancelled in the case of very bad weather.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation gardens were designed by the landscape architects Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and Manuel de Azevedo Coutinho during the 1950s and 1960s. In this stunning garden, as Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles put it, “we are in fact in the Mediterranean where the light is diffuse, so the leaves function as mirrors during one or two hours of the day and this is fundamental for life. And there is something else related to sound in this garden, which is the water, which flows here and there”

Any space is made up of much more than the eyes can see. In the Gulbenkian Garden, the light, the reflections, the different temperatures, and the sound of running water were all used as highly detailed tools with which to construct contrasting environments, which transport us to distant places in our memories.

On National Gardens Day, celebrated on the date that Gonçalo Ribeira Telles was born, landscape architect Aurora Carapinha will guide us through the Gulbenkian Garden revealing the subtle work of the senses in the construction of this garden.