Eye Cue Test

Pierre Jardin’s latest “petriverse” (text written with rocks) sprawls across the central section of the garden, making it difficult to capture well in photos.


“What U C here is an eye cue test” tells the reader/viewer that what they see when they look at the garden is probably unique: the stones and plants are visual cues for people to respond to as they see fit (literally).  In other words, looking at the garden is a test that everyone passes, because all answers are correct!  Of course, it is a bit of an IQ test for passersby to decode the message (U=you, C=see) and process the pun eye-cue/IQ and understand the sentence’s meaning, and the sentence also has a self-reflexive meaning: “what you see HERE” can refer to the sentence itself; in this case, the rocks making up the message are themselves the “eye cue” to the viewer.

Also displayed now in the garden is a haiku Pierre Jardin wrote about sound to complement the visual emphasis of the “EYE CUE” message:


Rock group harmonies

Tectonic time signatures

Silent stone concert

Rock groups display group harmonies when stones are set in ways that create dynamic tension among them.   Some rocks in the garden are grouped by color, others are distributed along different lines or patterns.  In music, the ‘time signature’ indicates how many beats there are in a measure; it is the time in which you count as you play or listen.  Here, the time of the rock garden is tectonic: rocks emerge from the depths of geological timescales.  The time of the garden is ‘deep time‘ or slow time (as indicated by signposts marking the garden’s boundaries, see below).   “Tectonic time signatures” also connotes the patterns left by the processes that formed the stones–tectonics produce mountain formations and stones, and these geological events leave “signatures” on the rocks from the time they occur.  Finally, you can hear a “silent stone concert” if you look at grouped rocks and see their patterns and ratios as visual rhythms that translate into sonic rhythms.  “Concert” also means accordance or harmony, so the poem’s last line recapitulates the first: the garden is music to the eyes and ears as the stones persist in quiet peace.