Wakehurst is home to a 16th-century mansion set in 500 acres of garden. The vast garden is incredibly impressive and includes a botanic garden, large woodland, wetland conservation area, the world’s largest seed conservation project in Kew Garden’s Millennium Seed Bank, and exhibition spaces.
We developed Wakehurst’s exhibition, Secret Structures. The exhibition provides an opportunity to marvel at the featured plants and fungi, learn from them and better understand our need to protect these different species.
We developed multimedia displays for the exhibition. Each of the displays explore the unusual, secret and curious sides of the specimens on show. The displays cover the incredible role oak trees play in supporting biodiversity in the UK, the complex process of propagating orchids and Kew Science’s expertise, and the unexpectedly cunning chemicals secreted by walnut trees.
Interactive tables invites visitors to peel back layers of a scanned Brazil nut and orchid to reveal their intricate innards. An excavated oak tree is suspended to reveal its complex and ordinarily hidden root system.
Running through the gallery space and suspended from the ceiling is a specially commissioned light sculpture , created by the exhibition’s Artist in Residence, Perdita Sinclair.
The exhibition opening was featured on BBC South East.