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DESIGNS ON GRASS

By David Lawson

It may not have occurred to you that the lawn or park can be used as a medium to express your artistic bent. Artists work in oils, pastels, clay, wood or steel. Landscape artists may work in stone, wood or even soil. But grass? Well, there are now hundreds of grass cultivars thatSTRIgrass.jpg

Appropriate areas would be those on slopes or those that are overlooked by buildings to provide a viewing point. If you wanted to think big, then it would be possible to produce designs that are only visible from the air.

During the 1960s the Brazilian garden designer, Roberto Burle Marx, used two contrasting cultivars of Bermuda grass to produce a swirling design in the lawns at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. At the offices of STRI, we have established our grass leaf motif in the adjacent lawn. This uses three grass cultivars chosen to provide the appropriate colour hues and was created by both sowing and turfing.

The idea may be of interest to landscape artists, landscape architects, sports clubs, local authorities or private lawn owners.

If you are interested in the concept of Designs on Grass, then get in touch with David Lawson at STRI on01274 565131 or email david.lawson@stri.co.uk.

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