A Journey through Space, Time and Ideas

Take a tour through the garden with Sven-Ingvar Andersson. Hear the stories behind the garden’s many rooms. Watch the garden change through seasons and years. Follow the ideas that drive the form. View the full-length tour above (20 minutes) or plot your own path through the short episodes below.

Multimedia Credits


Sven-Ingvar Andersson

Brev från min trädgård (2008)

"Brev fra min hønsegård" (1967)

Script, Translation, and Narration

Anne Whiston Spirn

Photographs of Marnas

Sven-Ingvar Andersson

Anne Whiston Spirn

Video of Marnas

Anne Whiston Spirn

Editing and Multimedia

John Stearns Moody

Anne Whiston Spirn


Beata Engels Andersson

Patsy Baudoin

Jolene de Verges

Christopher Donnelly

Steen Høyer

Zhao Ma

Lorrie McAllister

Halla Moore

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

with Support from

MIT Libraries



Sven-Ingvar Andersson Photographs, Courtesy of MIT Libraries, Beata Engels Andersson, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Anne Whiston Spirn Photographs, Courtesy of the photographer

“Villa capponi, giardino segreto, 08” (2013), by Sailko


“Avenue at Middelharnis” (1689) by Meindert Hobbema, The National Gallery, London

“The Tree House at Pratolino” (1653) by Stefano Della Bella, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cosimo (2016) by Roger Olmos, published by Logos, Modena, Italy

“Untitled” (1957) by Max Walter Svanberg


"In Smyrna" by Edward Elgar, performed by Peter Bradley-Fulgoni, courtesy of, Licensed under CC BC-BY-ND 3.0

“3 Pieces for Clarinet Alone” by Igor Stravinsky, performed by William McColl and Joseph Levine courtesy of The Al Goldstein Collection, Pandora Music repository at, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Sound Recordings

Marnas Sounds by Anne Whiston Spirn

"Woodpigeon" by Patrik Åberg (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

"European Robin" by Patrik Åberg (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

"Eurasian Blue Tit" by Patrik Åberg (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

"Pied Flycatcher" by Patrik Åberg (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

"Tree Sparrow" by Patrik Åberg (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

"Blackbird" by Elias A. Ryberg (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

“sprinkler” by djcosmoore (CC0 1.0)

“Fireplace” by inchadney (CC BY-NC 3.0)

“stonegrind1” by j1987 (CC0 1.0)

“Tying rope” by jaklocke (CC BY 3.0)

“bottle cork in and out...” by kyster (CC BY 3.0)

“house construction” by migell2 (CC BY 3.0)

“Rustling Bushes” by mountain852 (CC BY-NC 3.0)

“Garden Shears” by roulaine (CC BY 3.0)

“Digging1” by yemimoses (CC0 1.0)