Ruderal planting at the Tate Modern art gallery
This year’s installation at the Tate Modern is an exercise in geometric natural regeneration. The Tate Modern is 1 of the 3 galleries you must see and this new exquisite piece of art really embellishes this fact. 23 tonnes of soil fill 240 triangular planters made of rough timber on a support of scaffolding poles. The triangles reduce in number to form a prow like triangle jutting through the Turbine Hall. The soil has from 36 sites around London, from Buckingham Palace, to the Lea Valley, to Kew and Wisley. The planters are lit by lights mounted on poles lashed together from junk found in builders’ skips, and the planters will be watered regularly. Abraham Cruzvillegas’s idea is to allow natural regeneration to happen and some spindly growth was evident this week. Maybe visit with a packet of poppy seeds? The artwork was opened 12 October and will remain until 3 April 2016.