'Derborence Island', part of Gilles Clements controversial landscape design for Parc Henri Matisse, in Lille. Isolated and inaccessible to the public a 2,500 square metre concrete clad elevated island contains what is intended to evolve into primary forest through a process of ecological succession and self-organizing nature. The aesthetic pleasures of the work are conceptual and derived from the knowledge of the invisible natural processes apparently occurring on the island. Unfortunately the residents of Lille don't seem to be enjoying these esoteric pleasures and instead regard the island as “visual pollution” (said the towns Mayor!).
It’s a tricky one, i like the idea in theory, but it is a great shame that the planned education centre and giant periscope were never built and as a consequence the public have been shut out in more ways than one.