Permanent Garden

Permanent Garden for the South London Gallery designed by artist Gabriel Orozco, with support from 6a architects and horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: “The invitation to create a garden at the South London Gallery as a permanent art work presented a unique opportunity to extend my work into new territory. From my first visit I was impressed by the South London Gallery’s commitment to its local community and neighbourhood and intrigued by the relationship between the garden space and its different audiences, and the idea of creating something which could provide an inspiring platform for all of them. I started to think about various geometries emerging from the architecture surrounding the space and how they might be re-integrated into it as the basis of a design. It has been a fascinating process working directly with the gallery, architects and horticulturalists to develop the plans for the work which I am excited to see become a reality.”

Project Year: 2016

Image Credit: South London Gallery garden by Gabriel Orozco, 2016

© Gabriel Orozco. Photo: Andy Stagg

Garden supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund, Marian Goodman Gallery, Outset Young Production Fund, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, Edwin Fox Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation, Southwark Council’s ‘Cleaner Greener Safer’ programme, The Ampersand Foundation, Finnis Scott Foundation, The London Community Foundation, The Panton Trust, Vicky Hughes, Catherine Petitgas and other donors.


Gabriel Orozco: Gabriel Orozco was born in 1962 in Veracruz, Mexico. He lives and works between Paris, New York, Mexico City and Tokyo. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan (2015) Fleurs fantômes, commissioned by the Centre Region at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loire, France (2014-15); Gabriel Orozco: Natural Motion at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2013) which travelled to the Moderna Museet, Sweden (2014); Thinking in Circles, at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2013); and Asterisms, at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin and the Guggenheim, New York (2012). From 2009-2011 a retrospective of the artist’s work travelled from the Museum of Modern Art, New York to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland and Tate Modern, London. Orozco’s first London solo exhibition took place at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1996).


6a architects:  6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001. They are best known for their contemporary art galleries, educational buildings, artists’ studios and residential projects. The practice has won major national and international awards. These include two RIBA Awards, and nominations for the European Union prize for contemporary architecture. In 2012 they won the Schelling Medal for Architecture. Recently completed work includes a new student halls of residence for Churchill College, Cambridge, and an apartment building in London. Current work includes two new public housing buildings in Hamburg and the expansion of Milton Keynes Gallery.