Freestyle turf sculptures in a first for RHS

Hampton Court to feature Tony Smnith turf sculpture competition

Tony Smith turf design
Tony Smith turf design

Designer Tony Smith is leading a 'freestyle turfing' event at Hampton Court Flower Show.

The gold-medal winning designer and artist is buildinga  10x10m turf sculpture as centrepiece for the project, which is the first in RHS history where the society does not require a brief for a design.

Five garden designers and artists will each build a 5x10m turf sculpture alongside Smith's at the show.

Smith said: "It's the first time at a show without the RHS stipulating a plan. This is freestyle. For me it's a great relief and gives me freedom because i find planning things a bit stifling."

Adam Frost, Matt Biggs, Sim Clemens, sculptor John Humphreys and a mystery 'wildcard' designer chosen by the RHS will design the turf sculptures.

Smith has built several turf sculptures at RHS shows, including with a buried car, landscape with volcanoes and has a "vague idea" of a spiky sculpture with a turf nest in the middle for people to roll around in.

He says he will let guests have a roll on the last day of the 8-13 July show.

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