RHS to auction sculpture at Chelsea to help young horticulturists

The RHS is to auction an installation in association with Sotheby’s to help raise £1m for the next generation of horticulturists.

The work, by British artist Marc Quinn, will be unveiled at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Monday. It will be auctioned as part of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal to help the RHS bring horticulture to a young audience and promote horticulture as a career.

The fundraising will enable the creation of a new RHS apprenticeship scheme, the creation of a Learning Centre at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex and further investment in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

RHS director-general Sue Biggs said: "Marc Quinn is one of the most exciting and celebrated contemporary artists today. We are honoured he has created this amazing piece of artwork for us to help the future of horticulture.

"Marc's artwork will be the iconic image for this year's centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Funds raised from it will go towards enabling young people to embrace a career in horticulture."

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