Living on a garden [Uros, Lake TIticaca, Peru]

Location: Uros, Lake Titicaca, Peru [MAP]
Designer: The Residents
Project Type: Floating Garden
Completion Date: Unknown
Visited: 29.12.2009

Uros Lake Titicaca Peru

People on Lake Titicaca live on floating “gardens”. The islands are made of totora reeds. The Uros once lived in the surrounding mountains but were pushed out by the Incas so they needed to find a new way of living.

有这样一群人,Uros人,他们本来住在山上,可是山上被Incas人占有了,于是他们被赶到了湖里,他们住在了Titicaca湖上“漂浮花园”岛上。

Uros Lake Titicaca Peru

The totora grows along the edges of Lake Titicaca, one of the highest navigable lakes in the world. Its dense roots support the top layer. Every 3-4 years residents must stack more reeds on the top layer to avoid sinking due to the reeds rotting.

The “floating gardens” change in size as residents choose. The surface is soft and spongy. Boats, houses and various crafts are made from the reeds. Their homes are waterproof but not humid resistant. Cooking fires are built on a layer of stones to protect the reeds. Women still wear the distinctive hats and skirts of their tribe.

“漂浮花园”岛其实是一片片叫totora的苇。totora苇强壮的根茎支持着它上面的居民。每三、四年,Uros人要在他们的小岛上堆叠更多的totora苇,以避免下层苇草的腐烂所导致的“漂浮花园”下沉。

Uros人随心所定“漂浮花园”的大小。小岛的表面柔软而富有弹性。房子,家具,交通工具船,统统由totora苇所造。虽然Uros人的家具防水,但却不防火。所以我们得以看到戴着部落传统的帽子,穿着部落传统的裙子的女人们,在一层层的石头上生火做饭。

Uros Lake Titicaca Peru

Uros Lake Titicaca Peru

© The Secret Garden Atlas, 2013

REPLY

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s