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Living Grass Walls Completely Cover the Interior of London's Dilston Grove Gallery!

by , 05/13/12

Dilston Grove, south east london, grass interiors, Ackroyd & Harvey, art, sustainable materials, botanical

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.

+ Dilston Grove

+ Ackroyd & Harvey

Via GBlog.

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  1. Me10 May 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    This is gorgeous, but reading it I thought it was now… However it was…9 years ago!!! In 2003! How come this “little” detail is not mentioned anywhere? The article even says “recently”! (meaning it wasn’t in Roman times…I guess?) I was on the point of visiting it. What a disappointment :(

  2. verdantvis May 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    This is so hautingly beautiful and alive!

  3. amyn May 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I wonder what it smells like….?

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