This recently completed garden at the South London Gallery is both a new public space and permanent outdoor artwork.

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco conceived the work as a secret garden, a rambling and overgrown ‘urban ruin’ to be discovered and explored by the gallery’s visitors. The backbone of the scheme is a series of circular areas paved in york stone, a material dating back millions of years. Bricks reclaimed from a new opening in the rear of the gallery have also been used.

The planting features seasonal and perennial selections, including mosses, grasses, reeds and fragrant plants. A new walkway links the gallery to the housing estate at the rear of the garden, creating a new and direct connection with the local community.

Orozco, who worked with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and 6a Architects on this project, is a celebrated contemporary artist whose major exhibitions include mid-career retrospectives at MoMA, New York, and Tate Modern, London.


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