Sugar coating the steps of The Russian State Library

Posted on 11th January 2018

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The Summer of 2017 saw me return to Moscow as the chair of judges for a new International landscape festival in Moscow.  The standard of landscape installations for the inaugural year of this festival was very high and there were some really thought provoking concepts.  There is a real hunger for garden and landscape design in Russia right now with ambitious projects such as the new Zaryadye park symbolising an emerging confidence within the field. It was a privilege to be asked to be part of the city’s festival, and I even got to meet the Mayor.  I also met some amazingly committed and hard working people on the organising team and landscapers who literally worked through the night, again the best thing about these opportunities is you come away having made some new friendships.

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I was also asked by the Moscow State Government to create an installation on the steps of The Russian State Library for the festival.  I say this every time, but this really was the most challenging and exciting public installation of my career to date and has provided me with many many dinner party stories!   It’s not often you are asked to build a garden right next door to The Kremlin.

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So thank you again Russia for an amazing experience.  Every time I learn something new.

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Here are some photos of my concept ‘Sugar Coated’  It was amazing to see a grey underused public space transformed into a living, breathing, colourful, vibrant environment which brought Muscovites in and together.

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Above: Before we sugar coated the steps and square

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