Bompas & Parr have created a garden in London where trees and plants react to your movements, using hidden sensors and exoskeletons.
In a hidden-away bar in Soho, London, there’s a garden where the plants are watching you. As you move next them, they respond – moving as if to gracefully get out of the way, or perhaps copying you.
The L'Eden installation was created by Bompas & Parr – best known for doing extraordinary things with jelly – for champagne brand Perrier-Jouët to coincide with the just-finished London Fashion week and the continuing London Design Festival. Bompas & Parr worked with installation agency Ten Hertz on the interactive plants, while theatrical design studio Petra Storrs dressed the location in Art Deco styling that match the brand’s identity.
The garden features a corridor of moving vines, a dancing tree and a ‘living wall’.
When you come near to a plant, tiny sensors detect your presence. In response, intricate exoskeletons move the plants.
This is the second project Bompas & Parr have created with Perrier-Jouët, following a set of colour-changing flowers they produced for Valentine’s Day.
L’Eden is at 147 Wardour Street in Soho until September 25 – though you need to be invited by Perrier-Joust to get in.