Truckload of aluminium lace on its way to Chelsea

Over 800kg of sculpted aluminium lace is heading on an extended articulated lorry from Europe towards England, where it will play a starring role in The Imperial Garden: Revive.

Aluminium lace to arrive at Chelsea Flower Show. Image: Supplied
Aluminium lace to arrive at Chelsea Flower Show. Image: Supplied

The Fresh garden is designed by Chelsea newcomer Tatyana Goltsova, from Russia, and is being built by Gardenlink. It explores the complex relationships between Russiah, Ukraine and the UK.

This is explored through the analogy of two contrasting areas in the garden which move from a natural area of wilderness through to a manmade, manicured space. Lace is highly symbolic as traditional lace making has a centuries-long history in the Slavic states.

The task of transporting the metal lace, which will weave its way through the garden and up in the bows of an old yew tree, was undertaken by the Lorberg Nursery in Germany. The nursery has sponsored the tree and much of Goltsova's planting.

Lorberg had to hire in an extra-long vehicle to accommodate the tree and the additional 100m of aluminium which weaves through the garden (pictured below). The cargo is scheduled to arrive at the RHS Chelsea Show Ground this weekend.

The tonne of aluminium has been painstakingly made by Ukrainian sculptor Victoria Chichinadze, who has spent the last year hand cutting a lace design. She has also designed the bronze water feature River of Time which is a key focal point in the garden.

Artist's impression of The Imperial Garden: Revive

Goltsova said: "There were moments when we thought we were not going to be able to find a vehicle big enough to transport the sculptures here but thankfully it's now on its way to join us at Chelsea.

"This is my first time at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and I am so excited to be finally creating my dream. I wanted the garden to make a dramatic statement with the beauty of man-made materials and the natural planting merging together to conceptually illustrate the harmony that can be achieved between different nations.

"Victoria is an extraordinarily talented sculptor who has transformed my designs into reality when everyone else said it couldn't be done, so I am delighted her work will now be shown on a world stage at Chelsea."

Following Chelsea the Imperial Garden: Revive, will be travelling back to Russia with Tatyana where it will appear at the Moscow Flower Show 1 – 10 July 2016.

The Moscow Flower Show was launched in 2012, following the success of the first Russian designer to attend Chelsea, Karina Lazareva whose Courtyard Garden won a Gold Medal and Best in Show in 2007.

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