Area: 1005 sq meters
Design Theme: The path of life
Introduction: The Garden of Bridges is designed by Adriaan Geuze, a famous landscape gardener from Holland, professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University, and chief designer of West 8 city planning and landscape designing firm. In this garden, life is likened to a narrow endless path and also a labyrinth. The path leads to Nature, guiding you across thousands of bridges. Consisting of simple but potent elements such as bridges, narrow paths and bamboo, the design tries to give people a strong impact both in vision, scale and emotion. Every bridge will be passed as their locations are elaborately arranged to accord with the general layout of the Expo, offering different views from each, so that visitors on the bridges can appreciate the landscape.
Somehow I think that the "path of life" should not be so tightly choreographed, but, as a garden it was a pleasure to run up (and run under) each of the bridges. Sadly most of the garden was marred by the heavy odor of what I think was either glue or mineral spirits. It seems that the painted concrete was not holding up very well. Still, having the opportunity of having some sense of a view while on top of the bridge was appreciated. In fact, very few of the gardens played with any kind of idea of level change or distant view sheds. This garden seemed to be more outward looking than most since you were either looking out of the garden or up at the sky: