About the commission
The commission sees Turner Prize-nominated Anya Gallaccio create a living artwork from ferns and plants, in collaboration with Chelsea Flower Show award-winning landscape architects, del Buono Gazerwitz.
Inspired by east London’s rich history of weaving and textile design, the work draws on an 18th century pattern on silk by Anna Maria Garthwaite, referencing the history of Bethnal Green and Spitalfields, which has been home to generations of weavers and textile producers from the 18th century Huguenots to 21st century sari shops and textile manufacturers.
More recently, the area has become a hub for a multitude of architects, designers and artists, who together have helped the area become one of Europe’s most vibrant cultural quarters.
Anya Gallaccio was born in Paisley in 1963 and attended Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths, University of London. She is closely associated with the Young British Artists, most of whom studied at Goldsmiths in late 1980s. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003.
Her major exhibitions and commissions include: The light pours out of me (Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, 2014); that open space within (Camden Arts Centre, London 2008); One Art (Sculpture Center, New York, 2006); and Beat (Duveen Galleries Sculpture Commission, Tate Britain, London, 2002).
del Buono Gazerwitz:
Tommaso del Buono and Paul Gazerwitz have been working together since 2000 and now head an established, thriving practice working both in the private and commercial sectors throughout the UK and the rest of Europe from their Shoreditch offices. Their work has been featured in many publications and books over the years whilst the garden they created in 2014 for the Daily Telegraph at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was awarded a Gold Medal.
Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC, best known for his popular series, Around the World in 80 Treasures and Adventures in Architecture, and accompanying books. He has also presented numerous single documentaries, including The Art of Dying, and Britain’s Park Story.
He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA with a BA in Art, Design and Architecture. For three years he was also a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. As a leading expert on architecture and historic buildings, he is a frequent contributor to The Architects' Journal and The Architectural Review.
Browse photographs from the event
Photos © Brian Benson, 2016