One thousand garlands suspended in time

IMG_5110 copyThe Life in Death installation at Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens offers an “alternative concept of beauty” through the evolving nature of its medium. Best known for her international floral installations, Rebecca Louise Law‘s most intricate large-scale artwork to date is exhibited at Kew from the 7th of October of last year until the 11th of March 2018.


The British artist used her personal collection of dried and preserved flowers. Each of the pieces is weaved together by copper wire to make strings and strings of garlands. A sight to hold, it is a splendid exhibition both in its intricacy and beauty. The sum of time and work that went into it is apparent, which only adds to its magnificence as a work of art.

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It is beautiful and meditative that one might be overcome with sanguinity, or perhaps melancholy, while within the space. Because in there, amongst the cascading strands of these delicate natural materials, is an enchanting garden falling from the ceiling. The artwork gives delight through finding new details in every turn of  the head, while a closer look can elicit a new-found unique sprig.

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Immersive in its own right – without the added performance of music or dramatic lighting – it stands stunning on its particularity. A fit for its name, the installation set forth that there is indeed life in preservation as there is beauty in decay.