News release from The Auckland Flower
August 15 2-15am 2008
At this year's Auckland Flower Show, landscape designer
Alex Schanzer makes a long-awaited return to the exhibition
Alex achieved widespread recognition through his work
at past flower shows, becoming well known as "the
guy who does the stone stacks". After four years
in hibernation, he says the time had come to reveal
his new direction in landscape design.
"I retain my roots as a horticulturist, and plants
will always be the backbone of what I do. But I am more
interested these days in the conceptual type of landscape.
I want people to look at it, and not necessarily absorb
it all in one go."
For his latest exhibition, Alex will make use of the
"natural features" of the Alexandra Park venue.
The grandstands enable viewers to look down on gardens,
as well look at them up close. The venue's natural use
as a night-time event centre means that the Flower Show
will be able to stay open in the evenings, presenting
designers with the opportunity to create gardens for
both day and night viewing.
The Schanzer Show Garden that will be created for the
Auckland Flower Show is called Chlorophyll, and is a
tribute to the life source of plants. In this exhibit,
the theme of chlorophyll is portrayed in the colour
green and conveyed through plants, through enchanting
lighting design, and through sculpture that features
a unique green acrylic.
There will be the 'trademark' Schanzer rocks, which
have been modified to glow in the dark green, of course.