Relax in the Summer Garden of the Musée du Quai Branly

Relax in the Summer Garden of the Musée du Quai Branly

Every summer since its opening, the Musée du Quai Branly has provided a lovely spot to explore and relax with friends. This is all thanks to its Summer Garden, which offers a calm green space providing a retreat from the busier streets of Paris. Until September 2, 2012, guests staying at one of the Grands Hotels Parisiens can spend some time in this memorable spot.

Designed by professional gardener Gilles Clément, the Summer Garden of the Musée du Quai Branly has been conceived to be in harmony with nature as well as with the sensibilities of its visitors. As a result, visitors will find cozy seats hidden in leafy bushes and a path that leads them almost entirely around the perimeter of the museum.

As they explore the garden, they will be entertained by a 'Sound Trail' created by Erik Samakh, a professional sound artist. Samakh uses sounds actually collected from nature in order to create his sound artwork. These sounds are altered and remixed in order to create an interesting sound experience for anyone who is visiting. Samakh conceived this work specially for the Musée du Quai Branly, and it is meant to convey to visitors a feeling of being disoriented.

There is even a segment of the sound journey that is filled with white noise that Samakh collected in the Alps. Using multiple audio layers, the artist combines this white noise sound with other natural pieces of audio, like tribal instruments and singing. By taking this sonic journey, visitors can experience the Musée du Quai Branly in a whole new way.

Samakh's Sound Trail will disappear with the museum's Summer Garden, so those who want to walk through the lush plant life and feel immersed in sounds from nature should head over to the garden before September 2.