The Lemniscati Garden

This archaeological park was once the country home of Octavian Augustus, the first Roman emperor, and has witnessed many world-shaping incidents, beginning with a palaeolithic extinction event (of the house of Sleep) which generated a deep rift, which eventually attracted an Etruscan Templum in 800 B.C.  Everything followed from that: the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the beginning of Christianity, the custody of the Great Treasure of Jerusalem.

Then in the early 20th century came intense artist activity - in particular Futurist and DA-DAist - until the present day owner came along - Bernard Anson Silj (aka DA-DO) - with a new generation of artists, storytellers and a unique brand of Pata-physics and Pata-history. Since, it was obvious, all this "stuff" - concentrated in a single place - had to be given some sense, that went beyond sense. Perhaps a Pata-sense.   

What came out of it was “a garden written like a book; a book cultivated like a garden” with 12 great tales (a mix of history legend, myth and fairy tale)  reaching out to all the other tales of the world. This work by DA-DO is called “The Garden of Lemniscati”,  where each tale is connected to every other tale, and marked by archeological artefacts and art installations: a total experience, a riddle, a mystery, a treasure hunt. Indeed a Lemniscati is a Bronze Age moebius strip of never ending beginnings, originating on the island of Lemnos (Greece), of the first tale: “The Etruscan Song of Circular Time”.

This garden and work is a laboratory, which has generated a bigger project "to map the whole world by stories" as a legacy, left by artists and storytellers to help see the world differently. Our association has presented it at the end of the 2017 Edinburgh Festival. You stand on the edge of Lemniscati and - through a Pata-window installation - contemplate Avalon, Ithaca, Atlantis, Lorelei, Xanadu and the kingdom of Kush.



Some stories from “The Garden of Lemniscati”


This Lemniscati work also became the laboratory to develop the mapping the world by stories, which is now being developed by and as a legacy by artists and storytellers to help people see the world differently, to interact with and explore the world differently.