JARDÍ DE LES ERES
Formentera, Spain, 2003
Consell Insular de Formentera
A small garden-square behind the Church of Sant Francesc, the old Council building and the former headquarters of the Civil Guard; in front of the old cemetery and next to some single-storey houses. The island's first historic settlement is of a true modesty.
The existing stone walls together with new ones mark enclosures with benches that organize the space. At night, the walls are converted into the reflectors of the spotlights embedded in the ground.
The subsoil's stone layer has been cleaned, repaired and maintained as paving. The vegetation –prickly pears, junipers and mastic shrubs– that has been planted in the large beds defined by the stone walls, needs little water. The trees are figs. They are all native species that blend into the distant landscape.
The fig trees will grow sideways, lifted from the ground with the help of stakes that make them look like plant temples like the oldest fig trees in the island's landscape.
(To present day, the fig trees have grown little, a proposal should be made to deal with the issue).