The hanging gardens of Babylon and Semiramis, identified in hermetic tradition as the mother of all mothers who deify their sons, have also been a theme for Athanasius Kircher, Breughel, Guercino, Degas and Corot. Ingeborg Lüscher, instead, with her Guardini Pensili di Semiramide, does not show a mythical place or a marvellous piece of architecture but – with the luminous yellow that for years has distinguished her work with its use of sulphur dust and ashes – a place for authentic meditation, one that embraces female and male, mothers and sons, the East and the West, the past and the present, all languages and dialects, the interweaving of stories and the key points of history, the healthy body of art and the wounded flesh of the world.


Antonio d’Avossa 2004



The Hanging Gardens

of Semiramis I, 1999-2004

Die Hängenden Gärten

der Semiramis I, 1999-2004

I Giardini Pensili

di Semiramide I, 1999-2004


Room installation (version I)

Yellow polyethylene strips (crochetet), plastic fence Tenax Gigan, wire rope, wood

360 x 750 x 400 cm



MART Rovereto 2004


Rovereto 2004, pp 200-203


See no 915, no 921 and object no 920