Pushing the Boundaries
Man has been making earthworks and changing the landscape since prehistoric times – think of the Avebury ring an hour up the road from Bruton, or the 18th-century lake and gardens at Stourhead. But where does landscape architecture go next in the 21st century? Kim Wilkie looks both backwards and into the future to consider the vital role that landscape architecture has to play when shaping our landscape, be it rural or urban.
One of the UK’s finest landscape architects, Kim Wilkie pays close attention to a site’s surrounding landscape, its unique historical context and sense of place. His work includes the design for the V&A’s renowned John Madejski Garden, the colossal redevelopment of the Chelsea Barracks and the landform Orpheus, an inverted pyramid in the Grade I formal landscape at Boughton House in Northamptonshire. He is currently redesigning the grounds of the Natural History Museum in central London.
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Art of the Garden is a celebratory programme that will explore the relationship between gardening, art and the landscape. This autumn and winter, to celebrate the opening of Oudolf Field, a perennial meadow designed by Piet Oudolf, Hauser & Wirth Somerset has invited leading lights in the fields of landscape and garden design, art and sculpture, literature and photography to talk about
Art of the Garden is curated by Caroline Donald, Garden Editor of the Sunday Times