greyworld Turns a New Page with Clockwork Book Opening at Chelsea Physic Garden

Pertaining to Things Natural sculpture exhibition at Chelsea Physic Garden 10th July – 31st October 2012

Pertaining to Things Natural is the largest ever outdoor sculpture exhibition held at London’s oldest botanic garden. The exhibition takes its name from the 17th century definition of ‘physic’ and is a reminder of the Physic Garden’s founding mission as a place for the study of useful plants especially those used in medicines.

Pertaining to Things Natural is a collaboration between Art-Happens and Chelsea Physic Garden, and presents monumental sculptural works, ephemeral land art projects and delicate interventions by 20 leading contemporary artists.

One such work is The Clockwork Book by artists’ collective greyworld. The sculpture is a continuation of permanent installation The Clockwork Forest which greyworld created on behalf of the Forestry Commission for the Grizedale Forest sculpture trail.

Andrew Shoben founder of greyworld commented: “Our work is about play; frequently exploring methods of allowing creativity in parts of the city that are often ignored. Over the last few years, we have been playing with simple symbols that encourage interaction in direct and gentle ways. As such, the Clockwork Key needs no instructions – turn it, and see what happens…

With this installation, in the beautiful setting of Chelsea Physic Garden, we saw an analogue between the complex magical DNA recipes that create all living things, and the humble mechanical systems that man has created.”

The Pertaining to Things Natural exhibition offers a compelling insight into contemporary creativity inspired by the natural world. Other artists involved include Hugo Wilson and Joe Currie, Owen Bullett, James Capper, Annie Cattrell, Greyworld, and Tessa Farmer. David Worthington, Vice President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, has curated the show.

Pertaining to Things Natural is at Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS from July 10th – October 31st 2012

Entrance is included in the admission price: £9 / £6. Visit to find out more 

For more information about greyworld or if you wish to speak to Andrew Shoben, please contact Tori Dance: [email protected] or 020 7361 7860

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