A playful botanical labyrinth made out of nearly one thousand plants, located at Vaclav Havel Square in the very center of Prague. The site-specific installation aimed to emphasize the precious yet fragile cultural heritage of medicinal plants as well as the role of greenery in public spaces. Designed with the intention to provide a contrast to the adjacent buildings – the 19th century National Theatre and the iconic brutalist New Stage built in 1977, that helped to emphasize how plants may transform an urban space while encouraging each visitor to interact with the installation.
The labyrinth’s main area is created by green contours placed on a metal structure made of white „trunks“ – a vertical construction carrying each plant - 936 of them to be precise. The entire topography then heads towards the very center of the installation, wafting into a „meadow“ surrounded by plants. Thanks to this, visitors are transported away from the usual hustle and bustle of the city center as the space provides them with a whole new perspective on the square itself.
Visitors were encouraged to roam around the installation, discovering the real hidden gems: plants used all around the world for their medicinal properties. There are approximately 400,000 plant species worldwide, with nearly a tenth of them being used for its medicinal qualities. Each plant is exposed as an object - a green jewel whose unique and important role within our environment needs to always be emphasised.