Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Rebuild of a RHS Hampton Court Show Garden. Day 4


A very wet but enjoyable couple of days finishing the construction of the suspended tree structure and reflective pool frame and surprise !!, the hanging container is level and at the correct height I must admit a few mistakes were learnt from the original construction of the 'Singing Tree' garden which we built back in June at RHS Hampton Court so things went a little smoother but never the less it was nerve racking when I placed the sprit level for the very first time upon the hanging planter.

You will note that the structure is accommodating a smaller space so the posts are closer together but I still think the structure still works proportionally. Next job is to set up the water feature which is part of the structure and ensure it is tuned correctly with a pleasing sound !!.

I also erected the cimeric abstract art work 'Ocean' by Plymouth based Artist Martin Bush which is sited at the end of an existing path providing an approachable focal point it looks quite stunning when the sunlight catches it looking almost transparent because of the reflective properties of the aluminium sheets and lacquer base that make up the mount for the piece.

Once I have tuned the water feature I hope to start preparing the area for planting using plants from the show gardens and existing plants mainly trees and shrubs.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Rebuild of a RHS Hampton Court Show Garden.

I am two days into the rebuild of my show garden the 'Singing Tree' which was exhibited at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2013. Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire was one of our main sponsors for the show and the rebuild of the garden at Trentham was part of the sponsorship deal !.

I am quite excited about the build mainly because, one of my pet hates about building show gardens is the destruction of the gardens after each show which as a designer means the destruction of something I have put my heart and soul into only to. This rebuild gives me the chance to see my design again and for many other people to appreciate it because I consider each garden I design and build as a work of art.

For those that didn`t see the 'Singing Tree' garden at RHS Hampton Court, click on the RHS link RHS 'Singing Tree'

So back to today.
Now I know it doesn't look much for two days work but most of day one was dedicated to clearing the site and today my blood sweat and tears went into the siting and bedding down of this pool, because there is nothing more unforgiving in showing that something is not level than the natural level indicator of a water line so it is essential this pool is bob on !! or I will never live it down.

Post 1 in and three to go, these posts will be from which the suspended tree will be hanging so yet again preparation is important because the weight of a tree is also unforgiving. The ground is also a bit unforgiving on this site so the jimmy bar had to be let loose to break up some hard core laying several inches down each post hole allowing enough depth to accommodate each post.

Day three will dedicated to breaking out more hard core and  the sinking of three other posts which are to be concreted in. Stay tuned for the next instalment. 

Friday, 30 August 2013

Chimeric Prints for sale

We have for sale our five Chimeric Print originals by Plymouth based abstract artist Martin Bush. For those not in the know the prints called 'Ocean' were commissioned for our RHS Show Gardens at Hampton Court and Tatton Park 2013 to view the Hampton Court garden click Here .

The prints are laser printed on brushed Aluminium Dibond. which are lacquered so ideal for outside or even in the bathroom. If you are interested in all or even individual prints. Contact me or message.

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Wired Magazine interview

Check out Shaun's interview about the echomap sound installations at RHS Hampton and RHS Tatton

Wired Interview The interview focuses on the technology applied to both gardens and our new smartphone interaction development.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Building Two Show Gardens

I have set up another blog charting the build of our show gardens at RHS Hampton Court and at RHS Tatton Park. Both are Sound Installations with my good friend Clive Scott designing the planting so I can concentrate on the sound art side with the help of Shaun Bailey my partner in crime and the other half of echomap. To check out the blog click HERE

Singing Tree Show Garden
RHS Hampton Court 2013

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Trentham Gardens Tours: Garden Design Workshops

Trentham Gardens Tours: Garden Design Workshops: I will be starting my workshops in a new vein this year by giving design tips and advice on your own gardens. The twice monthly workshops will ...

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

New MonkeyTrial Album

So, in the Monkey Camp we decided to release our new album 'granular' incrementally, mainly because we have been busy with several sound installations and being involved in the reformed prog rock popular combo Third Quadrant. The new album was getting under our feet so releasing the album track by track seemed the way forward. We'll add to it during 2013 until we decide it's complete. We may change track order and change the hastily created artwork or even move tracks out of the album if we decide they don't fit, but at the end we will have a finished project which will be available to buy and download, whom ever follows our endeavour will feel part of the process and maybe offer some feedback to help us along.

Its a new bent on the whole recording process but we like to think outside the box it helps the creative juices along.

First track is uncharted and below is the player, let us know what you think.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

New Projects

I thought I would start the new year with a regular posting of current projects and ideas under development, so just to get you in the mood here is a shot of my drawing board used as a mood board with my current project on show.

This project is a garden of meditation or relaxation which would not be out of place in a spa relaxation area or hotel courtyard.

The main focal point of the garden is a suspended tree which is interactive reacting to movement within a predetermined area.

The echomap sound engine is used in this installation producing a minimalist
soundscape  which can be site specific in composition.

We are introducing a new development in this installation , interactive colourscapes.
The visuals will be in the form of colour changing pyramids which produce colourscapes in response to the echomap sound engine interaction. Cool or wot !!.

I thought that the concept of creating a living sculpture representing a form that is detached from its normal setting, will provide the ideal meditative focal point within a garden that is relaxing yet intriguing. The interactive nature of the installation in the form of soundscapes and colourscapes will aid the meditative state by providing a creative platform upon which self expression can be achieved.

We hope that this project will be built in July so watch this space for more information, where and when.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Inbetween developing new sound installations and brushing the rabbit we are busy writing new material for our forthcoming 3rd MonkeyTrial album, if you have not yet sampled the delights yet to come a trip in all things monkey awaits here.