refers to the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II built huge terraced gardens for his Median wife, Queen Amytis, to quell her homesickness for a more verdant land. Mitchell’s Hanging Gardens
are about the wonders and absurdity of modern urban life. This life includes commuting 80 miles a day through a beautiful Oregon landscape and purchasing plastic wrapped food and products necessary for survival. Mitchell’s garden is about seeking refuge and beauty within the detritus of a western industrialized world.