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I have been lucky enough to experience Rebecca Louise Law’s wonderful floral artworks at The Chelsea Flower show. She hangs flowers from copper wires on the ceiling of a tunnel making a suspended garden above visitors heads, they are simply enchanting all who walk under them.

Here are a few images of pieces from her website. They really are quite spectacular and I seriously covet the display glasses filled with masses of floral fodder.

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Sculpture can be so important in an outdoor space; it creates focus, intensifies the sense of place and relates to the vegetation, light and the seasonality of a garden.

We also love it when sculptures are used as physical punctuation; at the end of a long view, they become a full stop, or a comma as they lead onto another space or another sculpture.

We love the work of Charlotte Mayer, a Goldsmiths graduate. One of her pieces ‘The Thornflower’ commemorates the death of her grandmother in Treblinka at the hands of the Nazis, but at the same time represents the hope of reconciliation. Her work has wonderful movement and would enchant and enhance the right space.

More information on Charlotte can be found on The Garden Gallery’s website, amongst many other talented artists.

The Thornflower

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This exquisite garden, designed by Citylaboratory for Les Jardins de Métis, is a fine example of designing with clarity. The egg shaped pool captures the beauty of the surrounding nature, reflecting and so transforming the space into a garden that sings with simplicity.

Citylaboratory say that “ROTUNDA is an elemental garden, based on an atmospheric and poetic perception of materials, light, plants and the passing of time. It is a reflection on the fundamental themes of the art of the garden.

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The garden is to be filled with water at the beginning of its life and to be left to evolve over time, becoming a climate register device. It will be sensible to changing light conditions, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, rainfall and evaporation.

Photo by Carlos Comendador

Water is used as a raw material to create a reflecting surface. The container is simply a frame that suspends water above the ground; a homogenous black object, assembled in a direct way, minimizing the expression of assembly joints and the contact with the ground.

The garden will over time accumulate leaves, dust and pollen, be inhabited by birds and insects, leading to the cultivation and growth of new life within the garden.”

The garden won 1st Prize International Design Competition.

 

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Photo by Carlos Comendador

This metal and sand garden by London based artist Zadok Ben David, is made up of 12,000 cut steel flowers & plants. The botanical specimens make up a monochrome field, hence the title Blackfield. When you walk round the piece the flowers take on glorious painted technicolour.

Ben David has made some other wonderful installations including Sunny Moon and his wonderful human figure Leftovers, we love them for their potential use in an outdoor space.

Blackfield

Sunny Moon

Leftovers

RWI-Bibliothek Zürich

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Sometimes the achievements of one person simply blow me away, not just by their sheer brilliance but by their compelling drive to produce huge bodies of sensational, cross platformed works of art to share with the world.

What an astonishing legacy of beauty.

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Away from the tradition for hand me down jewellery, Natalie Smith has been busily creating her new range and it is a transient and beautiful one.

Made from fabrics and coated in sugar crystals, the pieces will evolve with each wear and quite possibly may disintegrate altogether. It is this process that interests Natalie and they certainly make beautiful pieces.

Natalie Smith

"Luminous caverns," a brooch

"Fragments," a brooch.

"Coral" a ring

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