The Moving Garden, Lee Mingwei

The Moving Garden

September 2017 - January 2018

Adapted specially for the Biennale de Lyon, The Moving Garden (2009) proposes to people to take a flower from a vase installed in the public space, and to offer it to a stranger while making a detour on their way back home. An artwork that invites to the gift and the encounter between perfect strangers... 

The Moving Garden is probably less a sculpture than an area that welcomes each day some freshly cut flowers. Visitors are invided to take one of these flowers, but on two conditions: they shall accept to make a detour on their usual way back and some time or another, must offer this flower to a stranger who could be delighted with this unexpected, generous gesture. 

Inspired by the book livre The Gift by Lewis Hyde, Lee Mingwei creates a situation that transforms the intercations (mostly mercantile) between people by asking us to do this simple gesture and participate to the poetry and smoothness of creation. During several months or weeks, perfect strangers turn out to be connected one to another, by the magic of (not so) ordinary) actions: giving and receiving. 


The Moving Garden has been created for the first time in 2009 in the context of the 10th Biennale de Lyon, Le Spectacle du Quotidien.


The vases welcoming the flowers are original creations by ceramicist Anaïs Brizon, from ab céramique studio (




20 Sept. 2017 - 7 Jan. 2018, Tue.-Fri..from 2 to 6.30 pm, Sat. from 1 to 7 pm
A the Bullukian Foundation, in the context of the artist's solo show



Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 Oct., from 2 to 7 pm
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 Oct., from 2 to 7 pm
At the Salle des Vieilles Tours, on the fringes of the exhibition Futurs Alternatifs - Chapitre 2 : Et si on faisait autrement ?



6 - 18 Nov., Mon.-Fri. from 7 am to 6.30 pm
At the Pôle petite enfance Marie-Antoinette Goubelly, 14 rue Jacques Prévert

21 Nov. - 9 Dec., Tue., Thu.,Fri. from 3 to 6.30 pm ; Wed. from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 6.30 pm ; Sat. from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 5 pm
A the media library, 5 place Henri Barbusse


 In Givors, the activation of theratwork is made possible with the assistant of Bambou, florist (35 rue Roger Salengro).



14 - 25 Nov., Tue. from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 to 6 pm ; Wed. from 10 am to 7 pm ; Fri. from 3 to 7 pm ; Sat. from 10 am to 5 pm
At the public library Paul Eluard, 55 rue de la République

& at the public library Marie-Ghislaine Chassine, rue Joseph Blein (except Tue. from 10 am to 12.30 pm)



14 - 25 Nov., Tue., Fri. from 2 to 7 pm ; Wed. from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 to 6 pm ; Sat. from 9 am to 1 pm
At the media library Jacques Prévert, rue Fabian-Martin


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