Chelsea Flower Show 2012 — Tony Heywood & Alison Condie’s Glamourlands

May 25, 2012

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I’m back!  And I have so much to tell you all, I feel like I have this reservoir of stuff and I need to make sure the dam holds so that I can let each piece come out in its best more considered way.  So, continuing….

If you have any familiarity with the conceptual garden work of Tony Heywood, you would have instantly recognized his hand in this creation.   GlamourLands – A Techno Folly is inspired by Dorset’s Jurassic coast.   As part of the Fresh Gardens (another new section at Chelsea — and frankly one that I think was a long time needed) Tony and Alison took a conceptual approach to the idea of a garden and in particular, used the garden to convey that gardens and computer games can both help escape from reality.

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The colors, textures, creativity and the overall visual feast of  garden made it another favorite of mine.

I think it is tremendously important that if Chelsea is to continue to be the deservedly renowned show that it is, it needs to continue to evolve with the industry and embrace the full spectrum of designers so I am pleased that Tony will continue to be a part of the show.

From the RHS website:

Last year, Tony Heywood was the artist in residence at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Using the RHS colour chart, he matched the colours of more than 500 flowers including petunia and Narcissus displayed in the Great Pavilion and in the display gardens – 40 of them from the garden of Cleve West. This year, using a spectral analysis machine, paint company Dulux has recreated some of these colours in 300 litres of paint.

Tony’s next project is to pour this paint into a receptacle from a height and capture the paint on video as the colours fall through the air and mix together.

These videos will be shown in slow motion on nine screens next to the Fresh gardens. Tony has explained that at first sight it would appear that the screens are static blocks of colours but after watching them for a while the visitor will be able to see that the picture (or rather the paint) is in fact moving.


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Well, we have something to look forward to next year!

Design by Tony Heywood and Alison Condie

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