About the Garden - Medium Concept Garden
Rise Garden is a transformative space designed by the young people detained at the Oberstown Children Detention Campus in Lusk, Co. Dublin, in collaboration with landscape designer, Eugene Higgins. It serves as a powerful symbol of the young people’s journey towards growth and change, and their ability to make positive choices that transform their lives.
The garden features a curved path that illustrates the twists and turns of life and a pool of water which can be interpreted as either a symbol for danger, or a metaphor for life, renewal and self-reflection. A simple timber bench provides a resting place where the young people can pause and take a moment in front of the garden’s focal point, the Tower of Stories steel structure. Tall Cupressus sempervirens (Italian cypress) trees represent pillars of support that provide stability and grounding, while visually striking trees symbolise one’s attitude to life.