LocationBirmingham - UK
‘The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity … and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself’
Commissioned as part of Unboxed Festival, PoliNations is an immersive fantastical forest garden that transformed Victoria Square Birmingham in September 2022.
The project involved the installation of a vast landscape of plants and flowers, carefully designed around 5 sculptural 'supertree' structures to create open air landscape and event space for performances, music and events.
We were part of the core creative team with Trigger that developed and delivered the project, from initial idea generation at the R&D stage to a highly detailed design phase and finishing with installaion on site in Victoria Square.
The project is a huge collaborative effort, with amazing practitioners from a wide array of fields and is more than the sum of its parts. Team members included renowned designers Carl Robertshaw, Bronia Housman, horticulturists Chris & Toby Marchant, Format Engineers and Scotscape Urban Greening.
Photography by Jae W V Kim, Katja Ogrin & James Robertshaw
Part of Unboxed Festival