This spring at Broadgate is all about getting outside, connecting with the natural world and recharging your physical and mental batteries after a long winter. And our Green Space collection appearing on cubes in Finsbury Avenue Square celebrates just that: diverse allotment plots, those who nurture them and their flourishing produce.
Whether cultivated for vital food or pleasing flora, for relaxation, artisan craft or commerce, these sustainable green spaces all offer a sense of wellbeing; some bind communities and forge relationships whilst others afford an oasis of solitude and calm. You can also discover great ideas and tips about how to get going with some homegrown edible produce and blooms yourself.
About the photographer
Mark Diacono is an award-winning photographer, food writer and grower. He led the garden team at River Cottage and now runs Otter Farm, a sustainable smallholding in East Devon where he grows unusual and forgotten food alongside more familiar kitchen staples. Also encompassing a wide range of creative and garden inspired events and courses, Otter Farm has featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
Aside from Jason Ingram’s portrait of Mark Diacono, the photographs showcased in Green Space are all by Mark himself and were all commissioned by Pavilion Books to illustrate their publication My Cool Allotment by Lia Leendertz.
For a chance to win a copy of My Cool Allotment donated by Pavilion Books share a picture of your favourite green space @BroadgateLondon using #GreenSpace.
Other art to see this spring at Broadgate
The Sheltering Five by Rosie Leventon (until 18th April at Exchange House) - five incredible recycle-inspired sculptures from the London-based artist.
Natural Histories by Tracey Bush (until 29th May at 201 Bishopsgate) - delicate and subtle plant studies, artist's books and cut-paper pieces which reference traditions of botanicals and herbariums.
Capturing London by Julie Leonard (until 1st September at Broadgate Tower) - a series of artworks featuring cityscapes, landscapes and portraits on prints taken from drawings done in situ by Julie on her iPad or iPhone of the local area.