For the first time ever, a painting is being made into a ‘living wall’ outside the National Gallery.
With more than 8,000 live plants, General Electric has brought a masterpiece to life with a version of Van Gogh’s famous painting A Wheatfield, with Cypresses as part of the Gallery’s carbon reduction plan.
Situated on the western side of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, the painting will be grown throughout the summer and autumn, remaining in place until the end of October 2011.
‘A Wheatfield, with Cypresses’ was chosen because the strong bands of colour can be reproduced effectively using living plants.
On the left is a cropped version of the original painting from the Dutch master…
The living painting is a creative manifestation of GE’s commitment to the environment through its ‘ecomagination’ business strategy. GE is helping to improve the Gallery’s carbon footprint by supplying one of its environmentally-friendly cogeneration heat and power engines, which will contribute significantly to the Gallery’s electricity requirements.
(READ the story in Art Daily)