Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Water Table on BBC

UHC's Water Table, commissioned by national arts organisation Metal, was beautifully showcased in the BBC's footage of the Hampton Court Flower Show. As a common point of interest for all involved, the garden took climate change and its effects as the starting point of the design, but also aimed to reflect the social potential of a shared space.

The table, which first appears at 0:27 seconds in the youtube video, takes a leaf from the low water brassica family as the central design, and imagines it as an abstract map of the Thames Estuary. The veins of the leaf feature three very different sets of information: names of key foods in the Brassica family, the hidden underground rivers of London and the names of the Vicotian engineers that provided the ideas, the skills and the labour, to make access to clean water possible.