Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summer Festival 2011
Day of the Dead - installation in the Prince of Wales Conservatory
The installation was commissioned to enhance the Cacti Zone in the Prince of Wales Conservatory, which hosts predominantly Cacti from Central America and Mexico. To draw out specific cultural characteristics of the landscape I focused on Mexican references and created a variety of altars, or ‘Day of the Dead’ shrines.
The scenes contained in the altars are inspired by the dualistic view of nature which permeates Mexican culture; an exasperated decoration with bold, gaudy colours, an array of trinkets and jewels, a little dark humor, and a good dose of romanticism were deliberately used to reproduce Mexican playful attitude to life and death.