- Date: 1 June 2012
- Region: London, National
Hundreds of ceramic flowers by artist Paul Cummins have been installed outside the Houses of Parliament. 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.'