Google+ London Architecture Blog: Week 26 13 Feature #19 Mobile Orchard, City of London Festival 2013

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Week 26 13 Feature #19 Mobile Orchard, City of London Festival 2013

Mobile Orchard
Architect: ATMOS (designer: Alex Haw)
Date: Friday 21st June - Friday 26th July 2013
Location: Four different locations across the City of London
Paternoster Square, London EC4M
Devonshire Square, London EC2M
St. Mary Axe, London EC3A
New Street Square, London EC4A

The Mobile Orchard is an installation designed by Alex Haw of ATMOS for the City of London Festival 2013. The installation consists of a synthetic apple tree and mini orchard, and will travel to four different locations across the city, beginning with Paternoster Square (21st June), Devonshire Square (2nd July), St. Mary Axe (9th July) and finally New Street Square (16th July).

The tree is constructed from CNC cut layers of plywood with steel bolt connections and details such as aluminium leaves and details. A mini orchard of fruit trees accompanies the tree on its route around the city and at the end of the journey, these will be planted in various locations across the city.

The installation addresses the issue of the decline of orchards in Britain and the 'current desire to not only protect existing orchards but to create community orchards in non-traditional spaces'. In the Mobile Orchard users are encouraged to climb and inhabit the tree, explore the structure in new ways and enjoy apples picked from the tree.

Photographs taken in Devonshire Square, London, EC2M on Friday 5th July 2013.

To find out more about the project please visit the Mobile Orchard website.

Collaborators: Fabrication – Nicholas Alexander Ltd, Architectural FX, Arup Lighting, Blue Engineering, Broadgate London, Devonshire Square Estate, Dhh Timber, Land Securities, LED Linear, New Spitalfields Market Tenant Association Ltd, Paternoster Square Management, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, Wibre,, 8fold, and 30 St. Mary Axe Management

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