High Water is a languid setting; a place where the water drifts by at ankle depth, its surface broken in places by scatterings of trees, wild flowers and slender stalks of grass. Overhead, clouds pass a little more hurriedly, their scudding passage the fastest movement to be seen. Beyond them, the sky is turning deep blue as the Sun lowers itself slowly towards a distant horizon.
Designed by Morton Funk, High Water is a tranquil place where even the sounds are few; while birds circle in places, they make no noise, and although the passage of the breeze may stir the leaves and branches of the trees, it does not cause them to offer the expected sigh to mark its passing.
Also scattered across this watery vista are places to sit, each placed so that those using them can look out over the water, as a fine mist clings to it here and there, and simply contemplate whatever chooses to slip gently into their thoughts.
Within this tranquillity, a touch of whimsy and signs of an open heart can be found. As you explore, you may come across a pair of Cica Ghost’s cats, apparently enjoying the water, or a strange fish happily “swimming” in the air above the water. Elsewhere, beneath the surface of the water, a heartfelt message reads, if you should leave me. I have no place to go.
For those who enjoy a little activity, horses roam the waters, awaiting riders. Should you do so, the sound of hooves beneath you might be the only thing to break the stillness of the region. Or if you prefer, and again located just beneath the surface of the water, a dance machine will allow you to enjoy the music stream which, at the time of our visit, featured the music of the late David Bowie.
High Water has the feel of being organic in form; as we wandered, I couldn’t help but feel that things had arrived here not so much by intentional design, but as thoughts and ideas occurred to Morton, the environment thus growing quite naturally over time. This, and the tranquil setting, makes it a place to which we’re almost certain to return, to see what else may have arrived.
- High Water (Rated: Moderate)