The Mechanical Garden and Other Long Encores

21 September – 26 October 2014, Dilston Grove, London

By Louise Darblay

The Mechanical Garden and Other Long Encores (installation view), 2014. Courtesy The Woodmill, London The Mechanical Garden and Other Long Encores (installation view), 2014. Courtesy The Woodmill, London

In the now-derelict, early twentieth-century poured-concrete church of Dilston Grove, artists Ben Burgis, Stuart Middleton and Richard Sides have created their own version of the Mechanical Garden, curated by Naomi Pearce, an installation sketched out but not realised by late British avant-garde artist Stephen Cripps (1952–82). While not an accurate realisation of the original design – Cripps’s garden resembled a theme-park straight out of Jean Tinguely’s brain, where everything is mechanised, from a self-erecting tree and spinning garden umbrellas to rows…

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