We arrived at Battersea Park around midday to carry out the external planting.
Our brief was to decorate the garden area at the front of the venue.
We wanted our design to make a statement but at the same time not distract from the Moore furniture, www.mooredesigns.co.uk and animal sculptures,already on display.
Our concept was simple – the curly ‘Juncus Spiralis’, the fern ‘Asplenium’, ‘Nolina’ and red grass ‘Pannicum’ were placed in large and small plant bowls and arranged in groups of three across the front lawn; a few single bowls were also placed close to some of the sculptures to fill the space. To each bowl we then added a large number of red/green apples of different sizes. Finally to create a pond-like effect we filled each bowl to the brim with water.
The finished result was an oasis of calm. We surely hope that amongst the thousands of expected visitors that some will take some time out to relax on the furniture and view the grazing animals and leaping hares and enjoy our peaceful planting.
Wednesday 20th October, Preview day.
Prior to today’s opening we arranged a series of vases in the foyer and the central bar area. The result is an exotic and contemporary feel that blends in perfectly with the art work on display - Giraffe like branches of Crab Apples, entwined with stems of willow, edged with Skimmia and trails of African vine.
We returned to the venue early evening and chatted to a few of the artists, eg. Painter and Printmaker, Anne Lynch whose style of using parts of faces and objects is very appealing and restful; Martin Ridgwell whose black and white etchings are very thought provoking and moving too.
We also enjoyed the work of Georgian Artists, Mamuka and Irma whose work has a very renaissance feel; Rob Ryan whose magical paper cuts are very striking; and finally we can’t fail to mention the work of Alan Kingsbury as we love the humour in his characters.