Burlington Arcade has unveiled The English Garden, a beautiful installation by French artist Mathilde Nivet. In place for the summer season, the installation is made from sheets of paper that make up two beautiful gardens hanging in the Arcade.
'England is famous for its charming gardens. This was something that struck me the most the first time I came to the UK, and the magnificent London parks still continue to inspire me today. With this art installation, I wanted to pay tribute to the beauty of the English Garden. Entirely made of paper, the drawing, assembling and installing requires hundreds of hours of work and is composed of thousands of flowers and leaves. I chose flowers which I believed to symbolise the essence of English gardens. In these two installations you will find Hydrangeas, Anemones, Wisteria, Yarrow, Dogwood, Iris, Clematis, Morning Glory, and of course, beautiful Roses,' says Nivet.
'Nature and especially flowers have always been a key source of inspiration for my work and have been present in my art from the beginning. There are strong connections between my paper art and the floral world as they are both ephemeral, graceful and fragile. In addition there is perfect harmony between my creations and the craftsmanship that is synonymous with Burlington Arcade.'