A very interesting exhibition kicks off in London’s Strand gallery today that should be of keen interest to botanists, designers and 3D print geeks alike. miNiATURE is the first ever 3D printed garden design show, exhibiting the work of ten of the world’s most famous and innovative landscape architects. Between now and Saturday 8th March, anybody interested can, free of charge, see some truly pioneering garden concepts.
The artists, who hail from the UK, Australia and South Korea, have devised inspired gardens that were then printed to a 1:50 scale. These beautifully accurate pieces display their creators’ imaginations let run with complete freedom, no longer shackled by the usual limitations and restriction they would face, such as budget or seasonal conditions.
The show is the brainchild of three co-curators: award winning British designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Tom Harfleet and similarly garlanded Sweden and Australia based designer Kajsa Bjorne. After meeting at the 2013 Australian Garden Show in Sydney, the trio decided they wanted to collaborate on a game-changing project for their industry and, from the beginning, they knew 3D printing would be central to the plan.
They hit upon the idea of miNiATURE as the best way to show both the practical and artistic benefits additive manufacturing offers gardening. By 3D printing prototypes of their designs, artists can clearly show their clients exactly how the finished landscapes will look, right down to the last, precise detail.
The exhibits were designed in Vectorworks Landmark software and printed by Hobs 3D, a firm that specialises in prints for architects and landscapers.
Amongst those exhibiting at miNiATURE are former Chelsea Flower Show ‘Best in Show’ winners Sarah Eberle, Adam Frost and Jo Thompson, plus John Brookes, Jamie Dunston, Andy Sturgeon and Wilson McWilliams. For those new to the technology, an exhibition of 3D printing will also be taking place in the gallery.