Stift Melk - UNESCO-Welterbe

Cabinet Clairvoyée

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“Thus I see God in his works. The more I strive to grasp his infinite essence, the less I comprehend it.”
Jean Jacques Rousseau

High hornbeam hedges grown on arches form small garden spaces from which visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of the Danube valley. Two big rotating mirror prisms mark the western end of an alley and playfully bring the landscape and light into the hedge spaces. Here the mirrors and the glass stones on the ground capture the last beams of the setting sun from the west and reflect them.

The quote on the iron plate on the ground at the entrance of the Cabinet Clairvoyée “Thus I see God in his works. The more I strive to grasp his infinite essence, the less I comprehend it.”  is by Jean Jacques Rousseau –  a writer from the age of Enlightenment – from 1762. Around that time the frescoes in the garden pavilion were painted.