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The Wonder Project – ‘first of its kind in the UK’

A brand new after-hours art experience is coming to Wakehurst this summer.  The Wonder Project is a multisensory journey through Wakehurst’s wild landscape where visitors will encounter specially commissioned installations of light, sound and sculpture.  The evening will culminate in a wild flower meadow as guests gather to watch the sun setting over the rolling hills of Sussex.

Curated by arts collective Shrinking Space, who have previously worked with Somerset House and the Barbican, The Wonder Project will encourage people to step out of their comfort zone, step away from their go-to-responses to any given situation, and attempt to wonder about where they find themselves.Each installation is inspired by the stories of the landscape and each artist worked closely with scientists from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, to bring to life some of their vital science work to conserve the world’s seeds.

One installation comes from renowned British-Ghanaian artist based at Somerset House Studios, Larry Achiampong. Achiampong’s work will feature four text-based sculptural elements within one of Wakehurst’s meadows.

Along the journey, Hidden Orchestra’s sonic woodland will reach the ears of visitors. Brighton-based artist Joe Acheson has collaborated with sound designer Tim Southorn on a soundscape to represent the underground network of fungi that connects trees and allows them to communicate.

Another spellbinding work is by Limbic Cinema, a creative video-design studio who have constructed a mesmerising light sculpture to reflect the solar cycle.

Throughout the journey, visitors will also be able to participate in the creation of Colourfield by artists Eloise Moody and Vicky Long. The project will ask audiences to reimagine colour in response to Wakehurst’s environment.

Lorraine Cheesmur, Head of Programmes and Learning at Wakehurst, says: “The Wonder Project will offer a bewitching experience to both first-time and regular guests to Wakehurst, stimulating their curiosity and inviting them to learn more about the importance of plants and our own place in the natural world.”

8 nights only 26 to 29 July and 2 to 5 August 2018. To book: kew.org/wakehurst

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