One of London’s most celebrated centres of art and culture, Somerset House is renowned for its spectacular architecture, beautiful grounds and year-round programme of events and exhibitions. This March saw the iconic Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court transformed into a stunning greensward, as part of a new installation by Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere. The impressive 2,600m2 lawn was grown and delivered by Essex-based supplier, Paynes Turf.
Created to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring, the Out of Sync installation featured 10,000 ceramic flowers planted in the lawn. From March 16th to April 27th visitors were encouraged to appreciate the work, which explores the wonder of nature and the joy it inspires, set against the magnificent backdrop of Somerset House.
Given the special nature of the project, and the significant visual impact of the grass expanse, it was essential that only the highest quality, low maintenance turf be selected. Paynes Turf’s Premium Grade Lawn Turf was chosen for its quality, colour and hard-wearing properties by Springbridge, the landscaping supply firm responsible for specifying the turf and providing 360 tonnes of topsoil for the project.
“We’ve worked with Paynes Turf for over 10 years and wouldn’t go anywhere else,” explains Tom Hawkins, Director of Springbridge. “Each year we specify Paynes’ turf for thousands of jobs, and we’ve always been impressed – the quality of their product is excellent and all at TGA Standard. It requires very little maintenance and is virtually indestructible!”
Reliability and efficiency were also key requirements for Springbridge, with such a tight schedule to work to, and the logistical challenges presented by such an unusual location. “Another reason why we chose Paynes Turf is their reliability,” explained Tom. “They always deliver on time and straight to the site, which makes a huge difference to us.”
The Premium Grade Lawn Turf used in the ‘Out of Sync’ exhibit was grown on Paynes Turf’s farm in Suffolk. Grown from a mix of seed containing Perennial Ryegrass, Slender Creeping Red Fescue, Strong Creeping Red Fescue and Chewings Fescue, it has a wonderful colour and extraordinary resilience.
Director at family-owned Payne’s Turf, John Payne, is delighted their product was selected. “It’s fantastic to see our turf showcased in such a spectacular setting, we’re really proud to have been part of such a prestigious event,” he said. “Working in partnership with Springbridge made it easy to coordinate deliveries and respond to the pace of the project. And as one of the few turf growers in the South East, we could be extremely flexible and guarantee the freshest product.
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