By promoting the work of artists and scholars, the Foundation will seek to explore and enlarge the vast metaphorical concept of “garden”. A garden that can be sown with new ideas, visions and sounds and will welcome contemporary idioms. A place of contemplation, silent entry into a world in which there is space for productivity and reflection, awareness that the earth’s resources are limited and can all too easily be damaged or destroyed. Even the closing words of Voltaire’s Candide on the importance of “tending one’s own garden”, have taken on new meaning in the light of the recent processes globalization which have inevitably created urgent problems for our planet. It is perhaps specifically from that garden that we need to recommence so that we are able to reflect on what is occurring and rediscover the knowledge and awareness that will enable us to face the transformations taking place around us.