In collaboration with Marshall Murray, award-winning garden designer Alan Gardener and Buntingford based sculptor Patrick Hurst, created a feast for the eyes this year at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Surrounded by natural materials and in a swirl of earthy tones, Patrick’s Viking myth inspired sculpture for the Viking River Cruises garden stands strong, a subtle promotion of narrative, myth and magic, reflecting and endorsing the natural environment in which it stands.
Hurst’s piece is inspired by the Viking myth of Njord & Skadi: a tale of two lovers who sought home in two very separate environments. This theme of an unlikely partnership as in Hurst’s inspiration, is quite literally reflected within the garden / structure collaboration. Patrick's man-made mirrored surface echos its’ woodland surroundings: leafy greens of fennel and cow parsley, divided by definite woody tones and walls of grey.
The end results itself inadvertently seems to tells it’s own story; promoting a magical theme, of two different entities coming together in tandem.
Alan Gardener is set to feature in Channel 4’s The Autistic Gardener airing late 2015.