Great Oaks from little Acorns grow

Great Oaks from little Acorns grow was the second public art commission in our 2021 programme by Manchester-based artist Charlotte Smithson at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, September 2021.

Great Oaks from little Acorns grow presents nature’s fragile beauty and invites you to reflect upon your part in creating a new and closer relationship with nature. 

The installation considers the vital role of plants as our life support system and in return, our vital role to protect them. The sculpture will be a carefully curated botanical installation of suspended glassware, containing organically grown plants, recycled laboratory glassware and compostable biomaterials.

The piece responds to the University of Derby’s five pathways to nature connectedness: using beauty and meaning to create an emotional response from the  viewers. To encourage contact and instill an improved compassion for nature.

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​​Connect to nature wherever you are with our audio-visual meditation, voiced by poet, writer and activist, Zena Edwards. The meditation was scripted by the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby.

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Artist Charlotte Smithson said, ‘In a mutually symbiotic relationship between two organisms, both parties benefit from one another. Through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the medicines that heal us, humans are inextricably linked to plants, but because we have become disconnected from nature, we’re often guilty of taking, but not giving back. It is vital we redress that balance. This piece is not just a comment on the environmental crises. This is a call to action.

Read our full interview with Charlotte Smithson here.

Great Oaks from little Acorns grow was exhibited in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 21-26 September 2021. The exhibit was sponsored by the Oak Project and the University of Derby.