Dame Evelyn Glennie entertaining the audience playing in the Papworth Trust – Together We Can Garden. This Artisan Garden was designed by Peter Eustance of Symphonic Gardens and built by Landform Consultants. Disability charity The Papworth Trust, who encourage others to ‘Help us create a world where disabled people are seen for what they can do’, set out to create a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, taking inspiration from the world famous solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Dame Evelyn Glennie is profoundly deaf, her motto is ‘Teach the world to listen’. Peter has designed a water marimba at the centre of the garden which operates as the garden’s acoustic pulse, harnessing materials from the garden’s landscape – sun, water, wood, and earth, combining them so that the garden itself operates as a musical instrument. The shape and structure of the garden have been inspired by the shape of an ear, and sound waves drifting out towards the audience are referenced by the York stone, which has been precisely sawn, and then arranged in concentric radial patterns.

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