RNIB Garden - RHS Chelsea
The RNIB Garden celebrated the opening of the Pears Centre, a specialist centre for children who are blind and severely disabled by commissioning Paul to create a show case garden at Chelsea which would then be rebuilt on a larger scale at the centre.
The principal inspiration for the garden is the ability to discover and experience texture. Central to this sensation is the use of materials that have both textural qualities and are left in as natural a state as possible.
The creation of a space where raw natural components are fused with textural plants and contrasting colours created a stimulating environment that is a voyage of discovery, where one feels like taking off one’s shoes and connecting on a deeper level.
After spending considerable periods of time with children who have complex needs and watching how they discovered the landscape around them Paul incorporated a range of experiences which would add excitement and ensure that they fully engaged with the tactility of the space with the aim of providing an experience where one either discovers new touch sensations or re-evaluates preconceived thoughts and perceptions.