20th May 2012 2:34pm | By Editor
RHS Glamourlands: A Techno Folly is a dynamic, abstract spectacle designed to represent the Dorset coast. The installation, within a mirrored industrial steel chamber, combines moving animation, a computer- game soundscape, and abstract structures covered in sparkling jewels. There are also gnarled, wind-blown pines, and partially laminated plants to give the impression of being both alive and preserved.
Behind the concept are Tony Heywood and Alison Condie, who live in Paddington, and are otherwise responsible for beautifying many of London’s leafy squares.
“I want to take people into another dimension, the way gaming devices do,” Heywood says. “We are all living in highly exaggerated and intensely bright atmospheres, getting lost in TV and computer games, and I want people to walk in here and equally lose themselves.”
Capability Brown, the heralded 18th- century English landscaper would be turning in his grave, Heywood reckons. “This notion of reflecting the untouched, wild aspect of nature in our gardens challenges the expectation that a garden has to have that romantic aesthetic, woodland and roses.”
Hodges has set the bar high in the new Fresh Gardens category and, as a result, the field is packed with creations of boundary-shifting horticultural proportions.
The Easigrass Garden is a verdant metaphor for jealousy and desire, with
a cage at the centre to represent the feeling of entrapment when the green-eyed monster strikes. Delve inside and you are confronted with a jungle of green Perspex rods, artificial grass, and white orchids, surrounded by ferns emerging from a carpet of white Sutera.
Have your phone at the ready: gardening has just entered the cool kids’ world. In this garden, a wall of vertical planting has been meticulously constructed to form a QR code, so when you scan it with a smartphone, you are directed to a website that tells you more about the creation. This is a bold design from Scotscape Ltd and Treebox Ltd, and is the first time the show has dabbled with such technology. Moving on up, kids!
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