RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2016 ANTITHESIS OF SARCOPHAGI BY MARTIN COOK AND GARY BREEZE
Martin Cook and Gary Breeze
Chris Holland Landscapes
Also exhibiting in the Fresh category for The Marble and Granite Centre are design duo Martin Cook and Gary Breeze, who have created a garden set inside a giant granite cube.The Antithesis of Sarcophagi Garden is a representation of a world turned inside out; a garden inside a sculpture; desolation verses life; civilisation versus nature. The 44 tonne cube contains a mysterious rejuvenating woodland, invisible from the stark, ash-charred exterior other than through cracks in its surface.
Martin Cook has designed two other RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gardens. He was awarded silver/gilt in 2011 with his Artisan Garden, A Literary Garden and then a Gold medal in 2013 with his Mindfulness Garden.
This year Martin Cook has joined forces with Gary Breeze to create this stunning and thought provoking garden.
Martin Cook’s previous gardens have featured his hand carved lettering and abundant planting. The 2016 garden appears to include neither of these aspects until it is more closely examined.
Martin Cook and Gary Breeze have collaborated previously on the Felix Dennis Shard Garden on Felix’s private estate in Warwickshire and also the Bali Bomb Victim memorial in London.