When it was ‘discovered’ by local residents The Orangery was completely overgrown and barely visible. Now restored it is used for weddings and events with visitors enjoying the combination of formal architecture influenced by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and the rural landscape designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. The Orangery has at several points in its history been unmaintained and ‘reclaimed’ by nature. The relationship between exotic plants which need to be nurtured and those which thrive without human involvement is a recurring theme.
To create this digital exhibition learners from South Staffordshire college were asked to consider how the current global pandemic has affected the plants and flowers that we can see thriving in our local environments and how this is similar to what has been experienced at the Orangery over time. Their pieces, produced in a range of media, have been individually animated by Creative Council to create a unique and immersive experience.