|REF. KE-005 | mill. — Flora Bussiaca
Catalogue raisonné | Flora treatise
Published in collaboration with Galleria Continua — Les Moulins
French, English and Italian
230 x 320 mm
416 pages | 201 images | 2,675 kg
Deluxe Limited Edition: 600 copies
Publication date: April 29, 2014
Press Release (French) (.pdf file)
Landscape architecture and Botany: Camille Frechou & D. Roger
Photography: Stéphane Ruchaud
Editorial design — Graphic design: Didier Fitan & A.-P. Fourtané
Other contributors: La Ville Rayée, Marc Rumelhart, Liliana Motta, Jullien Norwood, Marta Bornati & Stefano Olivari.
Copyright © KAISERIN EDITIONS, 2014
||This book explores the idea of a contemporary herbarium, while reporting on Galleria Continua's work to convert the Sainte-Marie Mill at Boissy-le-Châtel into a place dedicated to contemporary art.
Both a scientific document and a graphic proposition, this flora specific to a micro-territory in the heart of the Paris Basin aims in particular to list and analyze the plant species that were introduced in that place or – on the contrary – colonized it over time. These findings implicitly retrace the history of the site, its "archeology", its transformations and progressive rehabilitation.
Like the place it portrays, this raw and fragile publication, which reveals its threadbare structure, recollects and expresses the work carried out by the architects and landscape designers at Galleria Continua. In a way, the former paper mill becomes the bark, the "cover" of a publication that has none.
The name of the project – mill. – both refers to the initial function of the Sainte-Marie site and pays homage to the Scottish botanist Philip Miller (1691-1771), the head gardener of the Chelsea botanical gardens and author of the Gardener's and Florist's Dictionary, or a Complete System of Horticulture.
Didier Fitan & Arnaud-Pierre Fourtané, in mill. Flora Bussiaca, Paris, KAISERIN EDITIONS, 2014.
(Translation: Andrew Hawker).