If only all public art was made like this !!.
Friday, 24 December 2010
If only all public art was made like this !!.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
"The Floral Labyrinth" at Trentham Gardens.
The planting structure is maintained throughout Winter, until we cut down to ground level in late January.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
The main hiccups have been due to soggy sensors which have since been rectified and several interesting developments have occurred since.
Whilst during one of my a routine visits to the wall, the wall was happily singing away to itself but not in the usually manner of which I have grown accustomed to. I was intrigued to find out what this new development was caused by and to my amazement I noted that one of the laser harp sensors being triggered by rain droplets falling from the roof of the alcove through the laser beam and triggering Pangaea, the effect was quite pleasing in a rhythmic sort of way. A few weeks later in the rain again one of the movement proximity sensors was triggering it self via a pool of water that had gathered underneath. Not so pleasing but easily rectified by creating a drainage hole in the appropriate place. Each of these events as given me a insight of other possibility's and applications of the installation using natural elements which I intend to use in future developments.
New turf and a lick of paint has given the sound garden a new lease of life since the onslaught of summer and bank holiday crowds, which did have us worried if the software and sensors would stand up to the punishment and they did, so one point to us.
Next trial is freezing temperatures. We had -3 last night and so far so good in fact another pleasing natural occurrence of ice triggering one of the touch sensors which once thawed ceased. Talk about natural intervention.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Shaun and I enjoyed the performance but we both agreed that there was something missing and we hit on it on the way home. The performance even thou excellent lacked the spaciness or ethereal feel of the studio produced album. I feel to produce a live version of such a seminal album is near on impossible but the performers IceBreaker and B. J Cole did a excellent job and gets a big thumbs up from this Eno fanatic.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
|Rivers Of Grass|
|Rivers Of Grass|
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
I knew during the last days of build that it would be a Silver, you get a feel for these things on your eighth show garden, but also because we just run out of time to attended to the finishing touches that could have made a difference to the medal awarded.
The whole experience was worth it for me from the reaction of a young blind girl I was showing around the sound wall in the garden to experience the sound that could be created from the interactive sensors. Her cry of laughter over the top of the sounds she was creating more than made for any amount of awards that a any Judge could have awarded the garden.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Planting started on Fri and will be finished tomorrow, I have manged to stick to my planting plan almost but with a bit of creative license. Most of the flower buds are still tight shut so not the full showing of flower colour I hoped for but still looking good.
The slat fencing to the rear of the garden is quite labour intensive but well worth it, that will be finished tomorrow then Chris will be carrying on with the bespoke curved bench seats which are set on the deck.
We are not able to fire up the sound yet due to the power not been available on site but I have being assured of a 2 hour power window slot on Sunday which will give us chance to do our stuff. All of the sensors have being wired up and set into the wall we are just hoping that we wired them up correctly !!.
The garden will be assessed on Monday at 1pm I will have to do a 3 min presentation to the assessors on the merits of the garden and any last minute changes I have done within the brief. Press day is Tuesday the garden will have to be totally finished 8am that day in time for the judges to do their thing, Gulp !!!.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
During the next few days, we need to build the sound wall and cut out the channels for the sensor wires, then render the wall wait for the render to dry, then give it a lick of paint and start to make the bespoke fencing for the rear of the garden. All this before Saturday to keep within the build programme.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
These are pics of the sound wall being built in the show garden area at Trentham Gardens. This sound wall is affectionately known as "If there is any problems in the construction, then this trial wall, will pick them up" wall. The second almost perfect wall be consructed at the show ground RHS in approx one weeks time.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
With only two weeks to go before the start of build on “A Sound Garden By The Trentham Estate” a show garden which I am building at The RHS Tatton Flower Show 2010. The panic has not quite set in yet but there are signs. Such as waking at 4 am my head spinning with all the things that could go wrong !!. You would have thought, that on this my eighth show garden design at Tatton that it would be a breeze, but no, I still get the moments during the day`s leading up to the show when absolute dread creeps into my thoughts.
The major buzz of the build and the oohs and ahhs off the show visitors make up for this immensely, afterwards. Speaking of the build, work starts on the 5th July and two weeks later Voila !!, a show garden. I Wish !!. A lot of work goes into these gardens and a lot of heart and soul to. I intend to take you through the various steps of the build and the lead up to and during the build including all of the nitty gritty problems so you can all share my pain !!.
What garden ?, what he on about I hear you say. Well, for all you late comers. The show garden in question is a sound installation which can actually be used for a variety of things such as for example, a music therapy garden, an idea which as being buzzing around in my head for a while now. Shaun bailey the other half of MonkeyTrail as created a self evolving PC based “Sound Engine” which you could almost say, as a life of its own. Let me explain with blurb.
The intended use for the garden would be as a place to provide therapy on a one to one basis using sight and sound as part of an educational aid, for use by bodies such as educational and music therapy organizations.
The garden contains electronic sensors which detect movement/heat etc and immediately trigger a PC-based sound ‘engine’ which produces evolving sound/music. Sound is directly influenced and indeed created by the garden occupants.
The main structure of the garden is a curved (A Musical Wall) which has rectangle cut-outs set into it. The cut-outs house sensors which respond to movement. The wall is a interactive structure where in, by entering a hand into the cut-outs, sensors are activated and dependent on the information collected by the sensor such as speed of hand and other parameters, music/sound is generated by an evolving PC based sound “engine” .
There it is then all that will be my life for the next 6/8 weeks including the break down and subsequent re-build at Trentham gardens afterwards. I Love It !!!!.
Monday, 7 June 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
A new show garden was recently completed at the 100 ideas show garden area at Trentham Gardens . The garden developed by Paul Legeckis garden Supervisor and built by the Trentham Garden Team, started life as an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2009, the plants were kindly donated by the Horticulturalist, Garden Designer and part owner of Barakura English Garden, Kay Yamada. The Garden “Echoes of Japan in an English Garden” was awarded a Bronze Medal.
The garden at Trentham is larger than the Chelsea garden and features a bespoke bridge built by Paul and a stream fed by water from the pond. The Garden is the first of many show gardens to be built and rebuilt at Trentham, including my own “Trentham Sound Garden” which will be rebuilt in the 100 ideas area after the Tatton Flower Show
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Its a album that myself and Shaun are particularly proud of, we seem, to have come of age musically, on this album and we are feverishly working on material for the next album to be released soon.
The album is also available on Band Camp, Amazon and iTunes.
Also check out the band site on MySpace MonkeyTrial
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Just a quick up date on the world of Clive Mollart.
First and foremost I am a award winning garden designer. August Garden Designs Ltd is my practice which has been in existence for over ten years. Before AGD I have held varying roles within the horticultural industry over a period of 25 years.
Two years ago I was offered the opportunity to work and oversee the Piet Ouldof scheme at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire as the Garden Supervisor for the Rivers of Grass and Floral Labyrinth. This as given me the chance to meet and work with Piet and one his largest planting scheme`s to date.
MonkeyTrial is an ambient/electronic project artist consisting of myself and my very good friend Shaun Bailey. MonkeyTrial has just recently signed to the Magnatune.com Label and the album 'un' was subsequently released in March. I shall post links to both when I get my head around this blog thing.
Oh by the way Planck is my side project which is all things not MonkeyTrial if that makes sense !.
Besides the MonkeyTrial signing to Magnatune thang, another significant event in the world of Clive Mollart is the developing and building of a Show Garden at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show this July. The concept "Sound Garden" is something that as being buzzing around in my head for a number of years now and a newly developed Monkeyware developed by Shaun as made this possible. This is my eighth garden at Tatton so, old hand and all that, but I am still excited. I did apply for the garden to be at Chelsea, but it was, not to be.
Any ho I will post details about the Garden in a new post I have rambled to much on this one. Laters, Clive.