“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” -Helen Keller
Bringing nature inside has always fascinated me. Floral arrangements that blend with wallpaper, enormous branches in unexpected corners of rooms, or humble single stems mixed amongst collected objects on a shelf. I’m continuously obsessed with how flowers interact with their environment. I was recently asked to create a floral installation along these lines for an event held in Sheffield’s urban and iconic Park Hill flats.
Planning the Flowers: The event was held in support of a continuing renovation of the flats, which in 2013 had already been shortlisted on the RIBA Stirling prize list. The room chosen for the flower installation was the Old Scottish Queen Pub, now little more than a large concrete box, with floor-to-ceiling windows on either side — a completely blank canvas. The surrounding areas are exposed; backing onto a train station, a busy ring road and bank of wildflowers and overgrown wilderness. My gut instinct was, “let’s get some of this wilderness inside.”
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Photographs by India Hobson