SAATCHI GALLERY REVEALS RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2022 GARDEN INSTALLATION WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED LONDON-BORN ARTIST ANTHONY JAMES

SAATCHI GALLERY REVEALS RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2022 GARDEN INSTALLATION WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED LONDON-BORN ARTIST ANTHONY JAMES

  • Saatchi Gallery selects British multimedia visual artist Anthony James to present an installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 (24-28 May) at stand number RHW281   
  • Visitors are invited to explore three light sculptures, one over 2 and half metres tall, created using algorithms to emulate natural crystal formations 
  • The garden is designed as an immersive shaded sanctuary, with the sculptures hypnotic light framed beneath trees and hedges, providing a calming and contemplative escape  

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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KEY DATES AND OPENING HOURS

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 24 – 28 May 2022
Public tickets: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show



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ABOUT ANTHONY JAMES

Anthony James (b. 1974, London) is a multimedia visual artist concerned with the unity of consciousness across nature and the cosmos. Growing up in London during the vibrant 70’s and 80’s directly inspired his continuing search for order and developed his minimalistic and formalist working practice to explore the paradox of life and death through dazzling sculptures. Anthony James exhibited ‘Square Roots’ alongside the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show at Saatchi Gallery.

ABOUT ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (RHS) 

The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach, and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2022. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit: www.rhs.org.uk 

ABOUT SAATCHI GALLERY

Since 1985, Saatchi Gallery has provided an innovative platform for contemporary art. Exhibitions have presented works by largely unseen young artists, or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. This approach has made the Gallery one of the most recognised names in contemporary art. Since moving to its current 70,000 square feet space in the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea, London, the Gallery has welcomed over 10 million visitors. The Gallery hosts over 5,000 schools visits annually and has over 6 million followers on social media. In 2019 Saatchi Gallery became a charity, beginning a new chapter in its history.

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