Hortus mentis explores the possibility of the garden as a 'found object' within the landscape. It asks the question: 'what are the qualities in a place that allow us to perceive it as a garden? The Persian rug in a forest-clearing identifies a magical place in an anonymous location. As a signifier of a ‘paradise’ in the desert, the rug invites us to pause in the forest and to consider where the world of the garden begins and where it might end.