“The oldest written laws in Europe are the Irish laws, and there are a couple of interesting things in them that our ancestors used to guide their lives. One of my favourites is the law of the beekeeper. It’s simple and genius. If I’m keeping bees and your field is beside mine and, for example, Andrew’s field is on the other side, at the end of the year when I harvest my honey, I will give you one jar of honey and I will give Andrew a jar too. Because my bees have fed on your flowers too. The law of the beekeeper sets up how people should interact in a society where we have to share things and thoughts with one another. Christianity took these laws away, and it stately changed the dynamic of how Irish people interact with each other and with nature.

I don’t want to go to a gallery and have a painting explained to me, but I wouldn’t mind having someone there who says to me, ‘My emotional reaction to this is…’ Such and such, and another person there sharing his opinion. Because it’s already a conversation, and that’s all it’s about. Art is in dialogue, all human interactions are in dialogue. It’s interconnection. My goal is the same with these gardens; to create conversations, to inspire stories, to get people talking and to get them to be proud of their history.”

-This story was highlighted by the Bloom Festival. Find out everything about the festival here: http://bloominthepark.com/ –

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