Pascal Cribier

© Wouter Wiels

 “A garden is not a pastiche, or a decor, it’s a place where the economic questions of maintenance and care are more important than formal and aesthetic aspects.” For this landscape artist who refuses to own a cellphone and opposes the design of gardens by computers, it is imperative to imagine a place that respects living things and natural resources. The central question is therefore to understand how people will live in this space. Pascal Cribier is very attached to the encounter between a site and its commissioner and is more a field worker than an office-bound landscape designer. His landscaping interventions range from intimist gardens or vegetable gardens to vast domains.

He was born in 1953, in Normandy. Far from the traditional university path, he left high school at fourteen to join the French go-kart team. In 1968, thanks to the confusion that followed the events of May, he entered the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts without obtaining his high school diploma. Two years later, he changed courses and started studying architecture, obtaining his DPLG architect’s diploma in 1978. However, the experience of his first job in a nursery left such an impression on him that he became a landscape gardener. Thenceforth assured of his vocation, he created several gardens, before making a name for himself through his landscaping of the Tuileries in 1990, which he collaborated on with Louis Benech. The exhibition “Pascal Cribier, les racines ont des feuilles...” in 2008-2009 was dedicated to his work, as was the book Pascal Cribier, itinéraires d’un jardinier, published in 2009.

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