The environmental art commission for Islington’s City Road Basin was launched about a year ago, in May 2011. British artist Tania Kovats designed a floating garden, an organic sculpture, to attract attention and enhance this hidden public space.
The island is constructed from a floating pontoon, and contains planted trays and a damp water meadow made up of rare local aquatic plants. The nests are inspired by local birds, including moorhens, herons and swans.
Listen to Planting List
Meadow Sweet, Cotton Grass, Wild Red Clover
Scabious, Cowslip, Sorrell
Yellow Rattle, Toadflax, Ox Eyed Daisy
Marjoram, Milfoil, Yarrow.
Water Mint, Musk Mallow
Cat’s Ear, Weeping Sedge
Ragged Robin, Campion
Yellow Flag Iris
Buttercup, Betony, Bulrush
In advance of the Walk | Talk on 17th Sept – a piece inspired by the list of plants used as ‘plugs’ for HABITAT, and those found growing in the meadow turf. (from Sarah Butler’s blog: http://secretgardenproject.wordpress.com/)
Kovats’ overall body of work has focused on landscapes and geological processes. Online articles abound regarding her work, but I did not find an artist’s website. If you want a quick glance of her body of work, search “Tania Kovats” in Google Images.