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Ceramic flower garden blooms outside the Houses of Parliament for London 2012

  • Date: 7 June 2012
  • Area: Midlands
White ceramic flowers against blue sky

Paul Cummins, English Flower Garden. Credit: Cactus Images

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad commission, Ceramic Flower Garden, by artist Paul Cummins, has been installed on Cromwell Green, outside the historic Houses of Parliament.

The installation features hundreds of ceramic roses and tulips and is one of 29 major commissions from Unlimited, a Cultural Olympiad project that celebrates arts and culture by disabled and deaf artists.

The striking individually hand-thrown ceramic flowers are 50 - 70cm tall and are carefully displayed to make them easily accessible to visitors entering or passing Parliament. The work is reminiscent of the quintessential English flower garden.

It also marks the beginning of Arts in Parliament, a programme of free arts events taking place in the Houses of Parliament during the summer of 2012, featuring many works which are part of the wider London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Paul Cummins, ceramics artist, said: 'I am thrilled to have an installation at the very heart of the country and the heart of our democratic nation.  I hope visitors to the exhibition will take away an enjoyment for what I do and a different way of viewing art.'

Peter Knott, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said: "Paul's work is visually stunning and The English Flower Garden is a piece of art of international significance. His work reflects the unique way he interprets language and the effect is simply spectacular.

"Arts Council's investment will allow his work to reach large audiences in significant and well visited locations."

Unlimited is part of London 2012 Festival and is being delivered by Arts Council England, London 2012, the UK Arts Councils and the British Council.

Read more about Unlimited and find out how we are supporting the nationwide London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.