New Home for RHS Chelsea Sculpture
Earlier this summer we created a huge translucent sculpture for the Myeloma UK Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This week, we’re delighted to be helping install the sculpture in a new, permanent home at The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted.
The garden was designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell and was inspired by the personal story of local resident, Peter King. Peter lost both his wife Gill and brother Graham to Myeloma and after Chelsea closed, set about raising over £11,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to bring the garden to the Hospice.
The sculpture is made from 200 layers of Arctic Blue acrylic and was modelled on Peter and Gill’s daughter, Gemma Peace. It depicts a head blowing seeds and plants onto the fertile soil below to represent new treatment and offer a sign of hope and growth. The garden deliberately lacks a path, mirroring the situation many myeloma patients face. Boulders represent the plasma cells from which the cancer arises, while the overlapping steel panels that bordered the garden were physical representations of barriers in care and treatment.
The garden’s Grand Opening will take place at the Hospice on September 16th where both John Everiss and Francesca Murrell will be giving talks about its creation and planting scheme and Dame Carolyn McCall, DBE, OBE and Rosemarie Finley, CEO of Myeloma UK, will officially cut the ribbon. If you’d like to support the Hospice, tickets are available for the event, here.