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Landart part II

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 22:39

Uncommon ground : Welcome to Landart part II

Landart veterans Christo & Jeanne-Claude created many controversial works on massive scales. The 'Valley Curtain' landart in Colorado took 28 months to construct and displayed for 28 hours before it was deconstructed again.

Born on the same day, Jeanne-Claude in Morocco and Christo in Bulgaria, they first met in Paris in 1958.

They then forged an incredibley creative and powerful partnership.

'The Running Fence' installed in California in 1972 took 4 years to complete. It was 24.5 miles long. It was pre-agreed with ranchers and councils that the landart piece would display for just two weeks once it was completed.

Christo's and Jeanne-Claude's landart has most famously been described as "Revelation through concealment".

The couple have never claimed a deeper meaning in their works beyond that of a desire to create an immediate aesthetic impact. They simply seemed to want to create new ways of seeing landscapes.

In Christo's own words - "We want to create works of art of joy & beauty, which we build because we believe it will be beautiful".

'Surrounded by Islands', Miami

6.5 million square feet of floating pink fabric was sown and installed

On completion 'Surrounded islands' displayed for 2 weeks.

More of our landart inspirations 

Grand Palais in Paris by Felice Varini

Red Ball Project in the UK by Kurt Perschke

Red Ball Project in Norwich by Kurt Perschke

Landart by Rune Guneriussen

Red shoe, Devon

Thematic Oppositions by Sebastian Bertrand

Delirious Frites by Les Astronautes

The Webmaster by Sean McGinnis

Concrete Mixer by David Batchelor

The Gates, Central Park New York by Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Land Art by Jean-Paul Bourdier

Origami Street Art by Mademoiselle Maurice

The Rubber Duck by Florentijin Hofman

Street Art by Os Gemeos

Abandoned City, Taiwan

Windspiral II by Berman Bronwyn

Windspiral II by Berman Bronwyn

Go Your Own Road by Erik Johansson

Land Art by Sylvain Meyer

Pile of Wishes by Cornelia Konrads

Wrapped Trees by Christo & Jean Claude

Street Art - Banksy

Places by Bill Jacobson

Transformatie Huisje by Roeland Otten

Tree Drawings by Tim Knowles

Dream Key by Kan Yasuda

Creator Unknown

Vancouver Land Bridge

The Basket Building - Dave Longaberger

Sheepfold by Andy Goldsworthy

Eat for England - Wildspace Network Art Trail

City Square Developing by AllesWirdGut Architektur

Vector Architects - China

Two Grade II Listed Georgian Properties - GMS Estates Offices

Botanical Garden and Natural History Museum - Paris

The Umbrellas Project by Christo & Jeanne-Claude. A work realized in two countries at the same time, installing giant umbrellas throughout an inland valley of Japan and Western U.S.A.

Arcs by Bernar Venet

JR's Women and Heroes Project

It is getting wet by Rune Guneriussen

Red Riding Hood street art - Artist Decycle

Tame Buzzard Line by Richard Long

Under the Baobab at The London Olympics 

Leuchtturm (Lighthouse) by Ail Hwang, Hae-Ryan Jeong and Chung-Ki Park

Red Ball Project in Chicago by Kurt Perschke

Red Ball Project in San Francisco by Kurt Perschke

Red Ball Project in Toronto by Kurt Perschke

3D Street Art, The Leisure Society play – London, UK - Joe Hill

Old Wall by Emmanuel Augier

JR Street Art

Street Artist JR

Street Artist JR

Wrinkles of Los Angeles - JR

The bike shop in Altlandsberg, Germany. Co-owner Christian Petersen is visible in the window.

Pandas by Paulo Grangeon

Connections by Rune Guneriussen

Evolution by Rune Guneriussen

Ballroom Luminoso in the subway by Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock

Landart by Lee Jung

Tim Walker - Casa Vogue

Something beautiful calls and we rise - Charlie Brouwer

Twilight Passage by Cornelia Konrads

Labyrinth de mais de Cordes-sur-Ciel

Yarn Bombing - Artist Unknown

Gori Collection - Fattoria di Celle Pistoia by Daniel Buren

Street Art Banksy

Cars Swallowed by Grass at CMP Block in Taiwan

Steve and Dorota Cox

Ain't folk grand? We are continuosly amazed by what people are capable of and driven to do. So on to a little bit of landart we have been creating ourselves...

There is much to show and reveal but that's for the next time here on the blog.

With every bespoke garden and landscape that we design and create we always strive to install beautiful outdoor living spaces and living, sustainable art.  Every client is unique and that is what is so inspiring and continues to drive us creatively. The one common denominator between each project is that they will all always share integrity, originality and longevity. We have a lot to share in 2015, so we hope you will revisit us here. Thank you for your support so far if you are one of the 21k + subscribers, or if you just mosey on past us here at times.

 and why not? 

Landart part II Sourcebook : as listed. Unlisted : Saul Bass, Mehmet Ali Uysal, Andre Grossman, Wolfgang Volz, Devon Sculpture Park, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Color me Katie, Meyrick & Charlie of MC Rustics with Hendy Curzon Gardens.

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Landart part I

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:07

Welcome to part one of a two part blog showcasing some of the best landart from around the globe, past and present.

- The Kelpies by Andy Scott -

Landart traditionally relates to the sculpting of landscapes into earthworks or making structures using natural materials. Thanks to some pioneer landartists like Christo & Jean Claude, landart now covers a much broader spectrum of interpretation for art installations outside, and land developed in to art.

Designer Brian Thompson

Moment of Decision by Cornelia Konrads 2004

- From Broomhill Devon Sculpture Park -

Here we look at work from some brilliant minds and talents who have all dared to repurpose design and use the land as their canvas. Whether that is urban or country, concrete or field stone, sand or snow, these vastly different artists, sculpters, scapers and even magicians have all taken big leaps and made broad strokes of expression. So open your eyes...

and welcome to

the mind boggling world of

Landart.  - (and yes, that is George)

- Broomhill Devon Sculpture park -

- Splash by Cod Steaks -


Mirror House by Ekkehard Altenburger

The Triangular Sky by Olafur Eliasson

Lucid Stead installation by Phillip K Smith

The Kelpies

- Mission Clay, Pittsburg Project 2004-2007 by Jan Kaneko - 


- Yuanyang terrace rice fields by Thierry Bornier -


Fear Expanded by Ryan Everson and Jason Garcia


Hanging Garden by Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

- UK Pavillion in the Shanghai Expo 2012 by Thomas Heatherwick -


The Vortex House created by Dan Havel & Dean Ruck

Host by John Grade

Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor

Your Glacial Expectation by Olafur Eliasson & Günther Vogt

Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor

Rain by Nazar Bilyk

Cold Comfort by Rune Guneriussen

- Stellar Axis by Lita Albuquerque -

Outside in

- Infinite Expanse of Sky by Jacob Hashimoto -


Mirrored Pavilion at the London Olympic Park

- The Shark House created by John Buckley -


New York Cities Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson

Street Art artist anonymous

Belgium based street artist Bart Smeets

CD Waterlilies by Bruce Munro

- Landartist unknown -


Sand by Jim Denevan

Sand Art by Andres Amador

Sand Art by Tony Plant

Snow Drawings by Sonja Hinrichsen


Artificial Moon by Wang Yuyang

Parasol by Jaakko Pernu

- Diamond Lake Ice Circle by Martin Hill -


Snow Striped Tree - James Schidlowsky

Monobloc by Bert Loeschner

- The Empty Chair by Maarten Baas -


La Rambla, Barcelona

Pont de singe by Olivier Grossetete

Karvansaray Restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan

Terraced rice fields in Niigata, Japan


Tall Tree and the Eye by Anish Kapoor

Cradle designed by Frank Gehry

- The Wrinkles of the City by JR -


Blue Bear by Lawrence Argent

Landart part l Soucebook : Listed in sequence, unlisted - Floto + Warner Studio, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Pinterest

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field the love

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 13:32

In the spirit of Valentines...

Field the love Sourcebook : Pinterest, We heart it, hendy Curzon Gardens, Kent Scott photograpy, Little base designs, Indulgy, Mine heart


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From January to January } review of the year

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 16:33

Greetings and welcome to our review of the year. We hope you enjoy scanning through our body of work produced in 2014 and some of our workings throughout the seasons. From January to January it has been a busy year and a really enjoyable one.  

Throughout the seasons

we have strived to invent and create some modern classics,

both in towns and the country.

We enjoyed designing and installing various contemporary Cotswolds and country gardens, some linear and others more curvaceous.

It was a colourful year for us

From January 2014...

the lads pushed through cold and adversity

and Ela even got her hill finished by Spring.

Over Summertime 2014 : The Bield project in Burford,

the before shot...

and after...

being planned...

under construction...

and after again...

Bijou gardens before...

and after...

Norham Gardens

From wild to formal ...

Front of house projects

Diverse gardens on all scales

as featured in various articles we wrote for the Oxford Times in 2014, covering topics about garden style, lifestyle gardens, British gardens, edible gardens and trend predictions for 2015.

Other projects published 2014 :

HC project, Modern Prairie garden & landscape as featured in Dezeen towards the end of 2014, Architect Peter Feeny.

Spring 2014 : 'A modern twist on period style' HC project, Edwardian Townhouse, garden & front of house article in Ideal Home magazine, and now featured on House to Home.

Some of our popular planting schemes from 2014

From and around our holding nursery

Working on sites

The Nest sculpture garden retreat 

Garden buildings and structures 2014

Water works

Fine finishings

Essential nectar rich gardens and landscapes for wildlife were installed throughout the year

Landscapes and gardens designed for all seasons

Modern prairie parterre Winter

Modern prairie parterre Spring

Gardens shared with pets

HC gardens & landscapes in Autumn are a high point in the year's cycle

We have been appointed to art direct an event with an outside in garden theme... to be revealed in 2015, the plotting, planning and engineering began in September 2014 in this venue!

Drawing this review to a close now, we are excited about sharing our client's 2015 projects here, across our website and over the seasons. 

By March we look forward to completing and revealing a 6 month landscape installation, but for now all that we can reveal is that it is on a grand scale...

... there will be mud

and  it is currently code named :  Narnia, but that's all we can possibly tell you for now!

We would like to thank all of our great clients for a colourful, diverse and hugely creative year in 2014. Some projects are absent from the 2014 review but fear not - this is only because they were either completed too late in December to be photographed or are in varying stages of design, planning or construction. They will all be showcased in 2015. 

Review of the year Sourcebook : All gardens and landscapes by Hendy Curzon Gardens 2014.

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Winter, wonder, wander

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 10:46

Taking our inspiration from Winter wonderlands this week  - we have gathered up some lovely imagery from around the globe and found some magical places to share with you.

We love the respite of Winter and the pared-back look of lands and gardens right now. It's a good time to take a breath, reflect and behold the beauty that Winter provides us with before the plans, both already implemented and new come in to fruition.

In our next post we will be doing our review of the year - 2014, and then we will be hitting the refresh button and getting you all ready for your new year of gorgeous gardens and landscapes. Projects in the works will be showcased, alongside the results of last years works. So for now... here are our Winter finds.

Ice Flowers

Ice formations found

Tucking up in January

By appointment of the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation, Snøhetta has designed an observation and information pavilion at Hjerkinn in Dovre, Norway. 

The spectacular site is located on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park at around 1250 meters above sea level, overlooking the Snøhetta mountain massif. The main purpose of the 75m2 building is to provide shelter for school groups and visitors as mountain guides lecture about the unique wildlife and history of the Dovre Mountain plateau.

Dovrefjell is home to wild reindeer herds, musk oxen, arctic foxes and a variety of endemic botanical species. A long history filled with travellers, hunting traditions, mining and military activities have left their mark on this land. 

Natural, cultural and mythical landscapes formed the basis of the architectural concept. The building design is based on a contrast between a rigid outer shell and a soft organic-shaped inner core. A wooden core is placed within a rectangular frame of raw steel and glass. The core is shaped like rock or ice eroded by natural forces such as wind and running water. Its shape creates a protected and warm gathering place, while still preserving visitor’s access to spectacular views.

Considerable emphasis was put on the quality and durability of materials so that the building can withstand the harsh climate. The shelter’s simple form and use of natural building materials reference local building traditions. At the same time, new technologies were utilized to bring modern efficiency to the fabrication process. 

The wood core was manufactured using a large scale robot-controlled milling machine based on digital 3D models. The end result of Tverrfjellhytta is a robust but refined building building, providing a protected gathering place for visitors in an enriched landscape.

Wild about... Reindeer

Reindeer are large deer with a body length between 1.2 and 2.2 m (4 - 7.25 ft), a tail length between 10 and 25 cms (4 - 10 inches) and they weigh between 120 and 300 kgs (260 - 660 lbs).
Their coat is thick - brown in colour during the summer and grey during the winter months. Their chest and underside are pale in colour and their rump and tail are coloured white. Both males and females have antlers, those of males are larger and more complex and they usually shed them after the rut, where as females keep theirs until spring.

Reindeer, or caribou, can outperform all other land animals in their energy efficiency. They're more usually seen on their mammoth annual migration to the Arctic during which the North American herds might travel for more than 5,000km - an extraordinary feat that takes them further than any other land mammal.

Reindeer have specialized hooves that adapt according to the season. During summer when the tundra is soft and wet, their footpads become spongy to provide them with extra traction and during the winter months their pads shrink and tighten, which exposes the rim of the hoof enabling them to cut into the ice and snow to prevent them from slipping. They make a clicking noise when they walk and this noise is made by tendons rubbing across a bone in their foot.

Their nose features nasal turbinate bones which increase the surface area within their nostrils. This enables cold air to be warmed by their body heat before it is inhaled into their lungs.

Reindeer are excellent swimmers and when migrating they will not hesitate to swim across a lake or river that is in their path. They can also reach speeds of 80 km/hr (50 mph) if required. 

Reindeer are found in the arctic tundra and subarctic forests of northern North America, Greenland, and northern Europe to east Asia. 

Reindeer mainly feed on grasses, herbs, sedges, mosses, fungi, twigs and lichens. During the winter months they use their hooves to dig down into the snow, an activity known as cratering, to expose a lichen they often feed on known as reindeer moss.

What's not to love?

Dukha = Reindeer people

Winter wonders

Winter BLOOM

In the Winter of 2003 a remarkable artist carried out a massive scale floral engineering installation to commemorate the closure of the Massachusetts Mental Health Hospital. Artist Anna Schuleit posed the question: how does one memoralise a building so rich with history of both hope and sadness, and do it in a way that reflects the past and a future? Schuleit believed that as a public memorial, the message should not be communicated in a generic way such as through a speech or a commemorative plaque, but rather as an experience for the public. Hence came about the idea for BLOOM.

Bloom was a reflection on the healing symbolism of flowers given to the sick when they are bed ridden and confined, and notably the then ironic absence of flowers given in psychiatric settings. With an enormous team of volunteers Schuleit set about installing what seemed to be impossible – 28,000 potted flowers were brought in to the premises and were set out, filling almost every square foot of the MMHC including corridors, stairwells, offices and even a swimming pool.

BLOOM brought beauty and wonder to what had always been an inherently taboo subject matter, evoking reactions from the public from delight to renewed sorrows.

Quote from a previous member of staff : “My therapist’s office was in the basement and the floor got covered in grass. Grass does not bloom but it cushions and it is in the right place. It is the foundation, it softens everything. Conceptually it is brilliant.”

Schuleit spoke of the project in a later interview : “I was hoping to create a work that would bring aspects of play into the seriousness of the institution, an element of the absurd. It would have been infinitely easier to work with just a few hundred flowers, or a few thousand even, but I wanted to reach my goal of twenty-eight thousand, because it had occurred to me at the beginning of the project that that was the minimum number that was missing here. If it had been a project merely for photography, we wouldn’t have needed so many. But it was really a project for the passing visitor, someone coming in, in real time, from the street and finding this sea of color inside the building, and throughout. A multitude of greetings on every floor. Really, simply, a work of the imagination. That’s all I hoped for. I was amazed by how many people wandered through the building on those four days.”

“The concept for BLOOM came to me as a site-specific installation to mark the transition of the life and history of the institution toward its closure, from its physical state to the remembered. I imagined the project on a 1:1 scale with the building, on all floors and hallways. Twenty-eight thousand flowers arrived on trucks in the span of a few days, all needing to be watered as they came in, all having to be placed in the building, unwrapped, arranged, watered again.”

Schuleit opted away from cut flowers because she wanted the art installation memorial to have life after the exhibition was over and the building was closed for good. All 28k of potted plants were distributed to shelters, halfway houses and psychiatric hospitals throughout New England. The BLOOM project possessed a strange duality, at its core it was intended to allow free access to a building that had existed as a locked and mysterious entity for nine decades, and it injected life through nature in to the institute to commemorate it.

The result was a haunting beauty to this work and a certain bravery in comment and approach by Schuleit. To us she seems like an unsung hero for her efforts back in 2003, so we celebrate her message here in pictures and enjoy that BLOOM’s ideas look contemporary today, twelve years on.

Winter wander

A pioneering contemporary artist, Tokyo-born Motoi Yamamoto carves monumental two dimensional sculptures of entire oceans, shattered planets, typhoons, mountain ranges, fractured staircases and vast plains of brain-like coils using just the one medium: SALT. 

Although striking, his works are far from being merely aesthetic. Every one of the artist’s saltscapes is an experience in its own right, and one of a highly metaphysical nature for the artist as well as the viewer. Yamamoto’s works have been shown across the world from Russia to the United States and his most recent salt Labyrinth was shown until the end of 2014 at the Parisian gallery La Galerie Particuliere.

Yamamoto has said that: ''Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by; however, what I seek is to capture a frozen moment that cannot be attained through pictures or writings. What I look for at the end of the act of drawing could be a feeling of touching a precious memory …'' 

For Yamamoto, his saltscapes act like a frequency that allows him to tune out of everything around him. Almost like a meditation that is actually part of a never-ending healing process following his sister’s death due to severe brain cancer at the tender age of 24, it seems that it is also the artist’s way of never letting go of this ‘memory’ he speaks of.

In Japanese culture salt is a highly significant symbol for the source of life as well as being a purifying element and is often used in ceremonies celebrating life and death. Reminding of the temporality of life, regardless of the number of times the artist repeats his saltscapes, the experience remains a transcendental one that is as magnificent as it is temporary.

Light the way

This Winter a solar powered, glow in the dark cycle path was installed in Nuenen, Netherlands.

The path was unveiled by its creators Social Design Lab, Studio Roosegaarde, marking one of their most notable research projects in collaboration with Smart Highways. They are aiming to explore where public space, art and technology can all meet. In this instance the illuminated cycle path was inspired by the works of Van Gogh - fusing classical art with modern tecnology.

The project explores techniques with solar powered, glow in the dark paint and LED edging pebbles, intended to create safe and more efficient road networks for the future.

Designer Daan Roosegaarde said of the new technology " This method of illumination is more gentle to the eye and surrounding nature. Such a lighting infrastructure creates a connection with cultural history".

Frozen Planet

This chap got a lot of attention over on our Facebook page at Christmas : If you think you are feeling chilly today… This Alaskan Wood Frog froze solid in September & will remain that way for seven months, withstanding temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit. Two-thirds of it's body water turns to ice. The frog's heart stops beating, their blood no longer flows and their glucose levels sky rocket. If you picked one up and bent it, it would not respond, but it would break. When spring arrives, it will simply thaw out and hop away! Click here to see the link and conversation there.

That's it from us for this week. We look forward to sharing our review of the year here with you shortly.

Stay warm!

Winter wonder, wander SourceBook : Amplifying Glass, Kuriositas, Aabe, Archi search, Dezeen, Snohetta, Trondarberge Photo Shelter, Earth Rangers, Villrein, Thomas Kelly photos, Viral Nova, Tim Vollmer, Caras Design, Studio Roosegaard, Wildlife Trust, Lars Van de Goor

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