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Commissioned as part of Unboxed Festival, PoliNations is an immersive forest garden which transformed Victoria Square Birmingham in September 2022.

The project involved the installation of a vast landscape of plants and flowers, carefully designed around five sculptural 'supertree' structures to create an open-air landscape and event space for performances, music and events.

The studio formed part of the core creative team with TRIGGER, responsible for developing and delivering the project, from initial idea generation through research and development to a highly detailed design phase and the rigorous installation on site in Victoria Square.

The project reflects a collaborative effort with amazing practitioners from a wide array of fields. Team members included renowned designers Carl Robertshaw, Bronia Housman, horticulturists Chris & Toby Marchant, Format Engineers and Scotscape Urban Greening.

‘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’ - William Blake

Jae W V Kim
Katja Ogrin
James Robertshaw
Adrian Newton