Acclaimed British artists Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey transformed a landmark church in South East London by completely covering its interior in a layer of living grass! Known as Dilston Grove, the church-cum-art-gallery in Southwark Park, now features a lush green interior that will continue to grow as time goes on.
Dilston Grove—formerly known as Clare College Mission Church— is an Italian-style Grade II Listed Building that dates back to 1900. In the 1960s it was converted into a series of artist studios, and now it’s one of South East London’s hidden art world gems. The gallery’s melancholic atmosphere has now been lifted up by Ackroyd & Harvey’s sprouting grass interiors.
The grassy wallpaper is the result of covering the ex-church’s interiors with seeds mixed in clay. The duo plastered the walls, balconies and ceilings with the mixture, and nature finished the work with the help of natural light and fresh water from a hose. The piece is perplexingly beautiful, creating a delicate contrast between growth and decay.