[FIRST LOOK] An innovative art collective takes root in London’s Regent’s Park
A new public installation, the TreeHouse Gallery, has been constructed as a temporary series of gallery spaces in London’s Regent’s Park. The initiative provides a unique habitat as part of the Royal Parks summer events programme throughout July and August.
The collaborative work is led by artists and designers Claudia Moseley and Steph Smith along with a diverse mix of emerging and known artists, crafts people, architects, builders, environmental specialists and a variety of arts charities. Independent organisations participating include HighLife TreeHouses, specialists in tree house design; Monkey-Do, tree-climbing and rigging experts; BASH, nature sensitive events organisors; Arcadiam Associates, structural engineers; Bosky Trees, arboricultural and ecology experts.
The design of the main gallery spaces, as envisioned by architects Henry Adams and Oliver Oglivie of OO Architects, is built among a triangular formation of trees, predominantly from naturally sourced materials and reclaimed city waste. All timber and building materials were donated to the project.
The site, situated on the banks of the Boating Lake, has an array of tree-top structures divided into six named areas: a Spherical Reading Gallery; a Budding Hub Gallery; the Sound Garden; the Medicinal Herbal Gardens; the Round Table and the Orbidesic Dome Stage.
The most adventurous, striking, and amazing project I have ever worked on
Joseph Bloor from (ge-ril-a) architecture and design
Throughout August and September these spaces will be host to a diverse programme of exhibitions, interactive workshops and daily talks. The team are currently working on the construction of a timber lift car to allow access for all to the galleries in the tree-tops.
Joseph Bloor from (ge-ril-a) architecture, who helped build the project, described it as ‘an environment that offers all park goers, who either stumble across the galleries by foot, by bike or by boat a chance to engage on numerous levels..what seems most important is not just what you already know, but what you want to learn, what you can inspire in others, what you can dream of in your wildest imaginations, how you enjoy a morning conversation about Albrecht Durer before moving on to read a Lewis Carroll poem in the treetops’
Bloor continued: ‘it is by far the most adventurous, striking, and amazing project I have ever worked on. And I hope when people visit they are blown away’
The TreeHouse Gallery is open weekdays 10am - 4pm and weekends 10am - 8pm until 6 September