Escape to the vibrancy of Mexico this autumn for a visual spectacular within Kew Gardens iconic Temperate House.
Discover bold new artistic and horticultural installations across the Temperate House by renowned Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero, designer Fernando Laposse and UK award winning garden designer Jon Wheatley. The works each reflect the beauty and colour of Mexican culture and its deep connection with plants and the natural world.
Leading Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero creates two new works especially for Kew:
Flower of Light & Song
The central space of the Temperate House will be transformed with a magnificent suspended floral installation. Made from hundreds of strands of recycled-synthetic marigold flowers, hand woven together by communities within Mexico City, its shape has been inspired by an icon in pre-Hispanic cosmogony; the great flower with four petals.
Inspired by the Mayan celebration Hanal Pixan, a regional festival similar to Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this colourful and poignant altar will explore the meaning and symbolism of this world-famous festival and provide opportunities to reflect and add names of lost loved ones.
Fantastic Jungle Sloths by Fernando Laposse
Larger than life golden sloths will be seen climbing throughout the Temperate House canopy. Crafted by transforming plant fibres into sustainable pieces of art, Laposse’s work focuses on topics such as the environmental crisis and biodiversity loss, and he regularly collaborates with indigenous communities across Mexico to raise awareness about the challenges which they face in an increasingly globalised world.
Surreal Pillars of Mexico by Jon Wheatley
Discover award-winning garden designer Jon Wheatley’s amazing horticultural display. Inspired by the surrealist garden Las Pozas, the design will showcase Mexican plants including some of Kew’s own collection, and structures derived from those at Las Pozas.
México Mágico by Augustine Leudar
Inspired by Mexican forest habitats, Augustine's unique soundscape samples field recordings, imaginary sounds and ultrasonic nature sounds. México Mágico shines a light on the research by Kew scientists Dr Tiziana Ulian and Michael Way, with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and NGO Pronatura, to conserve and enhance Mexican forest ecosystems, and preserve native tree seeds.
Saturdays and Sundays | 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm* | Free, drop-in | Performances last 30 minutes
Join us each weekend throughout October as we celebrate traditional Mexican music with a not-so traditional twist.