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Intelligence Rise by Anna Garforth

Spring has sprung and in timing with this, contemporary London artist Anna Garforth has teamed up with St Christopher's Place to mark its arrival with her very own Kokedama installation – Rise. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and the masses of shoppers and city-goers, Anna Garforth sets her floating garden against an urban square that boasts a stylised café culture, successfully working together to create a zen-like atmosphere - a place to stop, rest and raise one’s spirits. Following the idea of bringing the outside inside, the unique Japanese craft Kokedama is said to be an offshoot of the Nearai method popular in Japan’s Edo period, literally translating as “moss ball”. Nicknamed also as “poor man’s bonsai”, the ball follows the same vein as the Nearai style bonsai, grown so fully and tightly bound by its own roots in a pot that the soil maintains its shape when taken out of it. Traditionally the Kodedama is formed using Akadama soil and Keto (peat) and then wrapped in moss. Suspended between the red brick walls that line St. Christopher’s Place, Garforth adorns her Kodedama with woodland ferns and vines offering passers-by different views, which will only organically evolve in shape and depth over time.

Written by Camron Intern Imogen Howat.

Posted by
Dharine Surenthiran