irene rogan


LIVENESS - The Natural History Centre, University of Aberdeen

February 2013


garden of earthly delights

Garden of Earthly Delights I & II
Cruickshank Botanic Gardens
University of Aberdeen

February 2013


The Garden of Earthly Delights Cruickshank Botanic Gardens, Aberdeen is work that connects the participant with the ral and built environment and public spaces.

The Garden of Earthly Delights is series of installations around the gardens with the main work located within the ornamental Rose Garden and Rose Bower . The locating of this work in the Rose Garden alludes to a larger scale ornate garden nearby in Seaton Park by the River Don and to public space such as parks.

The Rose Garden is briefly transformed using a colourful display of artificial flowers, the majority of which are roses and the contributions of flowers from the public who are invited to place their flowers in the display, in exchange each person is given a packet of mystery seeds to take home and sow and nurture to produce a living plant.

This work is a playful piece with a serious message, placing the artificial flowers where real roses would grow creating a sudden burst of over-bright colours juxtaposed within the winter setting reminds us of the summer, yet this is a jarring experience in an outdoor setting full of artificially manmade objects, reminds us of our culture's eagerness to replace nature with its own dubious creations – (could these be cemetery flowers). Confronting us with what most of us believe to be kitsch, the public are invited to contribute by donating their unwanted flowers and meditate on the ways in which the structures created can transform the way we see things. In referring to the famous Hieronymous Bosch painting from which this work derived it’s title is a panorama of Heaven and Hell showing humanity in a state of chaos.


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