Stainer Street has been transformed in to a temporary urban oasis with a series of ‘New Forms’ gardens. These spaces – created by young, up-and-coming designers Ula Maria, Caitlin McLaughlin, Alexandra Noble and Sarah Wilson – have all been built using recycled materials from the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival.
This series of installations has been commissioned by Team London Bridge, with support from Network Rail and delivered by urban designers Cityscapes.
The project concept is based upon the Surrealist artist’s game ‘Exquisite Corpse’ and the children’s game ‘Picture Consequences’, in which an image is drawn in turn by a number of participants on a folded piece of paper, where they are unaware of the previous drawing until it is revealed when complete. Each designer has been allocated specific materials to incorporate at each end of their garden that link to the previous and next, creating both a sense of surprise and continuity.
The project forms part of Team London Bridge’s work to highlight the importance of green space to city life: bringing tranquillity, improved air quality, biodiversity and a sense of exploration. It’s also a demonstration of our broader ambition to deliver The Low Line – a new walking destination for London along the length of the mighty Victorian rail viaducts spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey.
At the end of the project all of the materials will be recycled again – given to local community projects and St Mungo’s hostels across London.
Garden construction by Gardenlink with further assistance from Amanda, Anne, Arturo, DD, Ellie, Emma, Flo, Pete, Gene, Martin and Steve.
Thanks to Tom Simpson/Cancer Research UK/Rosebank Landscaping, Polly Wilkinson, Matthew Childs, Marshalls, Wienerberger, Gemma Lake/Royal Horticultural Society and Mark Whyman for materials and help.
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