The UK's most famous horticultural event, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, runs each May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Around 700,000 visitors from across the globe descend on the prestigious London borough to view the avant-garde pavilions, show gardens and mini gardens which have been designed and nurtured by a wide spectrum of organisations and companies.
Throughout the show visitors can take in the sights and scents from the Florist of the Year and Young Chelsea Florist of the Year competitions, learn about topical environmental issues or take a stroll through the floral marquee exhibits and source tried and tested favourites or rare plants for their gardens.
UFO was delighted to be chosen by Michael Grubb Studio, who was working in partnership with the acclaimed landscape architects Wilson McWilliam Studio, to manufacture fibre optic lighting for the Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden at the 2013 show.
In the development of this design idea, Wilson McWilliam Studio has worked with the concept 'Always precious sometimes scarce'. This is expressed in the design in several ways - through the selection of materials and their specific detailing or finishes, through to plants and planting, using specimens which are full of character and rich associations, and in the focus on water and its precious resource.
Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London
Michael Grubb Studio
Light Sources: 5 x 150W Compact metal halide, 1 of which incorporated a decorative wheel
Harnesses: 26 x sheathed PMMA fibre harness with 6/7mm active diameter. 500 x tails of unsheathed PMMA fibre with 1mm active diameter. 6 x tails of PMMA stranded side glow with 14.5mm active diameter
End Fittings: 22 x UFO P2 stainless steel pavers. 3 x UFO 4D mini downlights. 6 x UFO P20 stainless steel pavers