Paradise in Plasticine
Designed by James May, Chris Collins, Jane McAdam Freud and Julian Fullalove
James has dreamt up a sculpted art installation, inspired by nature's variety and fecundity, and framed in the guise of a mystical secret garden from the dreamscape of childhood. Art imitates life in its most alluring forms, yet is not constrained by the rigours of season, climate or geography.
It is the work of a complete cross-section of British society, from children who have never handled the material, through war veterans who remember it when it was still the latest thing, to professional model-makers who spend little time with anything else.
This is, to our knowledge, the largest and most complex model of this type ever created. It is presented here to rekindle a sense of true magic.
"Ever since William Harbutt, a teacher, invented Plasticine in the late 19th century, it has been endlessly used to model things like small penguins in bow ties, or an unconvincing two-inch-high Eiffel Tower.
It's high time the full expressive breadth of this modelling medium was revealed."
An unusual award for an unusual garden.
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