Places from Away: Archetypal Landscapes
Letting kids play in their own neighborhoods scares today’s
parents. Can children’s gardens like this one at the Morton Arboretum make up
for kids’ nature deficits?
By Julie Moir Messervy, Affiliate ASLA
Photo from Outside the Not So Big House
,by Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susanka, C/O Taunton Press, Photographer Grey Crawford
In this series of photographs from Outside the Not So Big House, coauthored with Sarah Susanka, Julie
Moir Messervy takes us on a journey through the archetypal landscapes she first
described in The Inward Garden.
We each carry personal memories of beloved places from our
past. These emotional landscapes often become cherished symbols, influencing
our vision of beauty and meaning in a garden.
It was not until I became a mother, watching my own children
explore the meaning and magic of space, that I came to understand that there is
a developmental process of spatial exploration—seven distinct archetypal
vantage points from which we experience the joyfulness of space at a very early
age. These developmental stages can be likened to natural images: the sea, the
cave, the harbor, the promontory, the island, the mountain, and the sky.
Our earliest memory of a contemplative place may be the
“sea” inside a warm womb, where, as tiny embryos, we felt immersed, surrounded
by softness and peaceful solitude.
When we swim in a pool, immerse ourselves in a spring shower
or a sauna, or find ourselves surrounded by the soft boughs of a pine forest,
we remember the feeling of the first sea of our lives.
These contemplative places celebrate the senses: scent,
color, texture, light, shadow, and sound. A beautiful landscape brings us back
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