This spring, Paddington Central’s unique oasis is blooming with colour. Shake off any lingering winter blues and embrace the new season with our Art Curator, Rosie Glenn, as she explores our bespoke floral installations by Grace & Thorn, reviews local exhibitions inspired by the natural world, and takes a closer look at our very own plant themed art installation.
Grace & Thorn at Paddington Central
Blossoming along our waterfront, Grace & Thorn’s seasonal planting around Bishops Bridge creates an immersive bouquet of natural colour. Inspired by English country gardens, green garlands and flowing wisteria intertwine alongside burst of foliage and delicate buds. Pause for a moment to savour the sensory experience, before continuing through our walkways to enjoy a display of greenery and blooms showcased through a series troughs and planters. Inspired? Allow your green-fingered talent to flourish with Grace & Thorn’s plant themed workshops and events held at their pop-up potting shed; located in our central amphitheatre within Sheldon Square, and adorned with fresh plants and potted bulbs, this destination also offers the perfect picture moment. Why not call by to allow your senses and imagination to come alive as the new season unfolds?
Spencer Finch at Lisson Gallery
Continue east along the canal-side where, just off Edgware Road, Lisson Gallery is presenting a solo show by Spencer Finch. Celebrated for his technical virtuosity, Finch creates delicate and ephemeral artworks which document his experience of, and relationship to the natural world. Following the artist’s recent involvement in major public commissions, including A Cloud Index, to be suspended above Crossrail’s new Paddington Station, Finch has returned to the intimate environment of his studio to curate this display of earlier and recent artworks. The resulting exhibition, No Ordinary Blue, presents a series of pieces which recreate his journeys and experiences, such as glimpsing a rainbow or a cherry blossom tree.
Emma Kunz at Serpentine Gallery
Heading into Kensington Gardens, uncover the Serpentine Gallery where Emma Kunz is the subject of a thought-provoking exhibition titled Visionary Drawings. Reflecting on the restorative energy of plants and nature, Kunz began making large-scale, abstract and geometric drawings to support her theories surrounding the healing power of natural elements. Showcased here, over 60 of her rarely seen drawings combine to offer an insight into her creative practice, the display of which has been curated by Christodoulos Panayioutou.
Emma Kunz, Work No. 003, Photo: © Emma Kunz Zentrum
The Serpentine Gallery : Photograph © 2007 John Offenbach
Ptolemy Mann at Paddington Central
Back at Paddington Central, natural elements form a key aspect of our day-to-day activities. Taking inspiration from our Kingdom Street planting, artist Ptolemy Mann created A Ray of Sunshine and Light; on display in the lobby of 3 Sheldon Square, and clearly visible from the surrounding walkway, this shimmering artwork encompasses tones of the grasses and foliage in and around the nearby spaces.
A Ray of Sunshine and Light by Ptolemy Mann © Holly Wren
Step into Spring
Join us as we Step into Spring at Paddington Central to reconnect with the environment, enjoying the benefits of our landscaped squares and waterside location, alongside our exciting seasonal displays and events. For more details visit paddingtoncentral.com and follow us on social media for news and updates.