Sloane Square illuminated with giant flowers for Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend

A striking, luminous and large-scale botany inspired installation, ‘Lost’ by Parer Studio arrives on Sloane Square as part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend (28-30 June), supported by Cadogan.

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In situ from 28-30 June, the thought-provoking visual art piece joins a series of events and installations taking place across the diverse neighbourhood to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Creating an ‘Alice in Wonderland-like’ scene, the structure consists of giant, lit botanical treasures that are now extinct or endangered species from seven different continents, by Tasmanian artist Amanda Parer. Lost reflects upon Hans Sloane’s fascination with the natural world, as well as Chelsea’s unique horticultural heritage and character, originally as home to both the ‘Apothecary’s Garden’ in the 17th Century (now named Chelsea Physic Garden) and the market gardens that fed London in the 18th Century. The area later became a hub of botanical gardens and plant nurseries, and since the early 20th Century has been the centre of the horticultural world for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Amanda Parer of Parer Studio comments: “Lost creates a space where people are immersed in nature’s beautiful forms. A place distinctly other that allows people young and old to stop, reflect and play.”

The organic Avatar-esque shapes glowing on Sloane Square aim to focus attention on the fragile beauty of the natural world with visitors invited to observe and contemplate surrounded by the vibrant colourways. For those feeling inspired by their illuminated surroundings, Cass Art will be operating interactive life drawing classes throughout the weekend alongside additional events programming.

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