Saatchi Gallery RHS Chelsea Flower Show Installation

24 May – 28 May 2022

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This May, Saatchi Gallery presents an immersive garden installation at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, featuring new works by contemporary multimedia artist Anthony James. The installation features three artworks: Crystal 001, 60” GSD, and 80” GSD which aim to spark a dialogue about our connection to, and understanding of, natural forms such as crystals. The works highlight their healing power and invite viewers to find their inner peace.

James, who trained at St Martin’s College, created the glass and steel works harnessing the power of LED lights and two-way mirrors to create optical illusions of infinite light reflections. The garden design provides an opportunity for calm contemplation among the shade of the trees, allowing visitors to be physically traverse the garden via a meadow pathway.

Anthony James reflects on the process behind the pieces, “Crystallisation happens when molecules gather together as they attempt to become stable. I took this concept found in nature and used computer programming to mimic naturally forming polycrystalline shapes. This allowed an organic digitisation which parallels crystals formation, even allowing for external influences to cause variations.”

James’ intricate process juxtaposes high technology and ethereal magical realism. James’ work connects us all to the natural world and explores the concept of infinity through this interactive and contemplative installation.

Saatchi Gallery’s Partnerships Director, Laura Uccello: “We are delighted to participate in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and share Anthony James’ timely installation with the show’s visitors. We believe the show is a unique platform for contemporary art to reach new audiences and our hope is that the work will prompt a conversation about our relationship with the environment.”

This installation will be on view at stand number RHW281, located on the major show thoroughfare Royal Hospital Way. The garden is designed by RHS Gold award-winning garden and landscape designer Rae Wilkinson MSGD.

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