23 September 2014 - 30 June 2015
A sky full of flowers in the OCC foyer
In this, the OCC’s second collaboration with the team of curators from Double Decker in London, an installation focuses attention on the Centre’s non-stage spaces. Following on from Sebastien Preschoux’s innovative environment in which the artist wrapped the ground-floor foyer in multi-coloured thread, the English artist Rebecca Louise Law creates a unique universe of flowers and plants in the same space.
Rebecca Louise Law is a name to be reckoned with in two fields: art and fashion. In the visual arts, she has worked with the Royal Academy of Arts and with Damien Hirst; in the fashion world, she has created large-scale projects for houses including Hermès and Tiffany & Co.
For Look up, Garden, the artist transforms the OCC entrance using 11,000 flowers to create an environment which will keep visitors company until the summer. Drawing on the flora of Greece for her inspiration, she uses flowers and aromatic herbs including carnations, roses, lavender, basil, oregano, olive trees and heliotrope to get us craning our necks and staring upwards.
The viewer is brought into direct contact with nature and interacts with it through an ever-changing, ephemeral work which reveals and is revealed by the dazzling sunlight that pours into the space. Look up, Garden, which is scheduled to last a year, will make every visit to the OCC both more alluring and different each time, while visitors will also have the opportunity to watch the flowers “wilt beautifully”.
A green flower-filled sky that won’t live forever, a constantly evolving work of art that greets and bids the gaze farewell in the foyer, Look up, Garden also reflects the evolving, polymorphic nature of the OCC itself.
Flower Installation by Rebecca Louise Law
Design: Afroditi Panagiotakou
Organization: Communication & Marketing department