Visuals: Chelsea Flower Show 2017

James Alexander Sinclair / The RHS


These are two visuals done for the Listening Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Although I project managed the build (and did all the CAD and visuals) I absolutely love these and thought they deserved their own page!

The garden itself is part of an imaginary magical forest, where lines of old metal troughs punctuate the forest floor like morse code, each one humming and throbbing as if you were standing next to a speaker at a nightclub, only without the bright lights and people. The vibe was haunted woodland – lush and green but with a weird edge: strange plants, dripping water and that strange rhymes hum.

Initially I started on a Stranger Things route, with an almost monochrome graphic with floating dust particles, but decided it was a bit too eerie, and also a bit too dead. (If you’ve not seen the series, it’s one of the best things to have been on television in the past few years, and it’s certainly worth paying for a month of Netflix for, in order to binge-watch the whole lot).

Eventually I settled on a muted green colour palette except for the vibrant Corten troughs. A touch of mist gave the desired magical effect. Unlike most of my work, this primarily used photos and none of the linework from SketchUp, so the final result had a softer and less rigid feel to it.


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