This garden is evocative of the coal-mined wastelands of west Kentucky. Hot, isolated, mean, destroyed by surface mining.
Yet there is an asymmetrical, stark beauty to these places, seen mainly in the roadsides of the Western Kentucky Parkway. Perhaps we can use this beauty to begin the reparations.
Here we have an artificially flat piece of ground. We have a “fence” of recycled corrugated metal panels, to focus in the heat and remind us of the damage we are doing to our larger environment. A formal “pond” has three “stumps” as its focus – these remind us of the death amongst our waste. Other vegetative life has to struggle. But it will survive.
We all will. But by making destruction beautiful, what do we risk?