In 2017 the Moscow Local Government invited us to create an installation on the steps of The Russian State library as part of their ‘Flower Jam’ festival.
The square and steps was a very grey uninspiring environment with very few people stopping to use the space. Russian people generally love bright colours and embrace this in their choice of plants in the summer months having emerged from the depths of long grey Winters.
I took inspiration from this and ‘sugar coated’ the steps and square with drifts of brightly coloured planting all offset by bold black containers and benches. I also placed brightly coloured mannequins spray painted by a local street artist throughout the garden referencing colour loving Muscovites.
The square was a huge success and throughout the summer was transformed into a living, breathing space.