A preview of the David Harber and Savills Chelsea Flower Show Garden

Sponsored by Award-Winning Artist and Sculptor, David Harber and Savills, the garden has been designed by Nic Howard for the Chelsea Flower Show 2018...

Award-winning British artist and Chelsea Flower Show stalwart, David Harber, and global real estate services provider, Savills, are pleased to announce their 2018 Show Garden – created by celebrated landscape and garden designer, Nic Howard.

The collaborative show garden is designed to provoke reflection on mankind’s changing interaction with the environment through time. Visitors will travel through a physical manifestation of evolution, with clearly defined stages of planting and sculpture that serve to reflect varying time periods – from the bronze age to the present day. This narrative is designed to reference the impact that mankind is having on the environment.

Showing only entirely bespoke artworks, the garden provides David Harber with the opportunity to explore his creativity and create a thought-provoking narrative through unique, one-off pieces. David Harber has exhibited at RHS Chelsea for more than 20 years, and for the past two, has collaborated with Nic Howard. Following the success of last year’s award-winning Trade Stand, a Main Avenue Show Garden for 2018 seemed like the ideal next step.

Savills is proud to support the partnership – the ethos of the garden and its reflection on evolutions over time, echoes Savills own company history. In 1855, the company started as a largely agricultural practice, and today, it is a refined provider of global real estate services.

The showcase will offer a ‘worm hole’ view through the ages, culminating with a view of the main sculptural piece, the ‘Aeon’ by David Harber, which represents a timeless, ‘vital force’. As visitors wander through the immersive garden, they will move from the freeform and naturalistic planting and artworks that reflect the life of early man, to a more formal and controlled environment. The only abiding constant is the Aeon. Made from bronze with a gold-plated starburst/iris-effect centre, the Aeon will sit in front of a three-metre tall DesignClad Porcelain wall from London Stone, which represents the infinite universe.

David Harbour and Savills collaborate

Visitors will start their journey through the garden at ‘Stage 0 – Creation’: the planting is wild and the sculptural piece, the Coluna, symbolises organic evolution from Mother Earth. Made from oxidized steel, the Coluna’s form reflects our DNA. This is followed by three stages of intricate screens: First, visitors will travel through ‘Stage 1 – Enclosure’ which reflects man’s first attempts to enclose and control his immediate environment. ‘Stage 2 – Refinement’ sees a screen that communicates man’s emerging appreciation for aesthetics. The screen for Stage 3 boasts a crisp, geometric pattern that reveals a flaw within, which further stands to symbolise the negative impact man has had on the environment and the planets equilibrium. Finally, before visitors reach the Aeon, they are offered a moment for ‘Contemplation & Reflection’. ‘Contemplation’ is a bench that references the helix and DNA, and provides a quiet place to sit and muse. ‘Reflection’, a water feature, provides a calming focal point and serves as a reminder of the elemental forces of nature.


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