Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week
Garden Festival - 25year Celebration Events
14th April - Ruthie Ford: Giant knit and Crochet Flowers
The theme of the 1986
National Garden Festival in Stoke was "Art, Architecture and
Landscape Design" - around 120 new works were created by 100
artists, including Antony Gormley and Vincent Woropay, Dhruva Biswas and
Denise de Cordova.
rednile commissioned a series of new artworks and activities inspired by the original National Garden Festival artworks to be showcased at a series of events around the site in April and May 2012.
Garden Festival Site 2012 - identified sites & features
Giant knit and Crochet Flowers on the hill above the retail park
the giant blooms engage the public with the world
around them by
encouraging the viewer to look up at the flowers and wonder what lies beyond.
view over the retail park - in the left distance is St. Marks Church - to the right is the woodland ridge
At the opening ceremony in 1986,
Conservative Environment Secretary Kenneth Baker
predicted 5,000 people would work on the trade zone created when the festival closed.
Twenty-five years later, 6,200 people work in Festival Park and adjoining Etruria Valley
– about 3,000 of them on the original festival site.
view from the hill over the alotments and towards Cobridge and Hanley
choice of flowers and the stitches and patterns used to cover them
are inspired by the
magazine Woman’s Weekly who sponsored two of the gardens on the site during the 1986 festival
beyond the giant flowers are these small blooms - made by the public and set in the labyrinth area
remnant of the brick circle
remnant of the wood circle with a few natural flowers in the undergrowth
contents: 2012 photos