Monday, 2 April 2012
Back to Lister Park (see last Friday's post) and here's another view of Cartwright Hall, Bradford's civic art gallery, from the Mughal Water Gardens. These gardens are designed in the style of Mughal pleasure gardens found in the Indian sub-continent, with pools, fountains and canals in a rectilinear pattern within a walled enclosure. Apparently the Bradford garden, developed in 2001, was the first of its type to be built in the north of England. Although it is not a slavish copy, it harks back to the traditional style, suggesting harmony and tranquillity and appealing to the senses of sight, smell and sound. It is lovely to hear the gentle sound of the water splashing - though I imagine that sound would be even more refreshing in a hot sub-tropical climate. If you look closely you might be able to see a rainbow at the base of the fountain.