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fifty shades of grey

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 15:25


and welcome to this week's look at a pared-back palette, tone and style. Every year at this time, just before the lands and gardens begin to bloom we like to strip away to a blanched palette, like cleaning the slate before the next wave of design inspirations and colour break. 

Glen Proebstel

We like to operate beyond the confines of trends and instead take an artful approach and let all sorts of sources inspire us.

Claire Burke

Christian Kerez

So here's our curated grey, or gray, objects, textures, ideas, concepts and inspirations... but there are at least sixty shades here... 

Juki by Mashallah Design & Linda Kostowski

Snug by Bina Baitel

The Mirror of Judgment by Michelangelo Pistoletto

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Theresa Durant

Soft Crash by Byoungho Kim

Waiting Balloons by Lacomj on Flickr

Mathias Kiss

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Rainer Mutsch

Lisbon Stone Block

Lakewood Cemetery's Garden Mausoleum by HGA Architects

Daniel Buttner

Daniel Kim

Delicate Landscape by Nina Saunders

Minuscule by Cecilie Manz for Fritz Hansen

Next time : it's all things Spring, join us here for the new season of gardens, landscapes and exterior design.

Fifty shades sourcebook: Miles Redd, 20eight, ahalife, Bina Baitel, HGA Archiects, Rainer Mutsch, Daniel Kim, Leica, Dezeen, Byoungho Kim, Kontrollhamster, Pinterest, Flickr, Google,, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Elle.

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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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