Camalonian Columns @ Kew Gardens

WHERE: Kew Gardens, London, UK
WHEN: January 2008
CLIENT: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew with ArtisanCam

We were commissioned by ArtisanCam and Kew, The Royal Botanical Gardens to produce a large scale installation within the gardens as part of a residency program, together with a series of short films that documents the process used in schools across the UK.

ArtisanCam helped teachers deliver a creative curriculum and inspire young artists of the future. They received funding from CLEO (Cumbria and Lancashire Education Online), Arts Council of England North East, Creative Partnerships and London Grid for Learning.

The temporary piece we made was called Camalonian Columns and was a woven lightweight pavilion inspired by tropism – the way plants move and respond to their environment.

A continuous surface creates base, columns and canopy using a simple hyperbolic geometry. The space created is 3.5m tall, covering 50m2 and weighing only 20kg.


The making of video 


Botanically inspired architecture at Kew Gardens

Botanically inspired architecture at Kew Gardens