Defined as a stage of “being in love” (Georg Simmel), general landscaping may have a more profound and sensitive significance than anyone would ever imagine. For countless times, we happen to find ourselves in the middle of nature, perceiving its elements, trees and waterscapes, throughout different levels of attention. We may observe the multiple transformations these elements undertake in various contexts, depending on the level of luminosity or cloudiness of a certain day.
However, simply observing a detail or contemplating at the same time different vegetal components isn’t enough to say that we are truly enjoying a landscape. In order for us to reach this state, the image of a landscaping entity has to captivate our spirit throughout its true significance. The way in which various elements are juxtaposed might influence our sense of perceiving the surrounding environment. This particular stage of unity can become a constant variable that colors a human’s life while giving him the sense of belonging to a space.
There are two ways in which a landscape can be defined, depending on the level of perception and the quality of the design. It might determine a conscious activity while enjoying a space cut from a bigger natural scenario. This gazing act can be limited by one’s own perspective cone and the physical limits imposed by a landscaping project but it can also be influenced by everyone’s individual feeling of the moment. Our capacity of perception and mental representation is powerful enough to observe the structuralism of a landscape but also the way in which natural elements compose the final picture.
In this sense, landscape design and its quality of composition are not just about giving shape to a natural environment. They can also be responsible for a general state of consciousness that one may gain after admiring a certain scenery.