Maria Roguleva, Tatiana Bogachyova



Firebird is the symbol of summer that returns after a bitter Russian winter and brings back heat and bright colors. It is the universal metaphor of rebirth and dream, but it is also one of the favorite subjects in Russian culture. The composition of the garden is inspired by sketches of Leon Bakst for The Firebird ballet by Igor Stravinsky, and the looks of bird itself originate from the illustrations by Ivan Bilibin and the cover of an immigrant literary magazine by the same name that was issued in Paris and Berlin in 1920s. Primary colors red and yellow used in the garden decoration stand for fire and light, and contrasting colors of plants recreate the birds bright feathers. The selected perennials remind of landscapes from Russian fairytales as seen by folk artists.