Friday love… Bompas and Parr go Tutti Frutti at Kew Gardens

Self-proclaimed jellymongers, Bompas and Parr are creating a Tutti Frutti Boating Lake at Kew Gardens in London this month, as part of the IncrEdibles: A Voyage Through Surprising Edible Plants festival.

The duo’s eccentric work frequently explores the taste of food on an architectural scale, and they were named as “one of the 15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain,” by The Independent.

Transforming Kew’s Palm House pond into a giant fruit salad boating lake, visitors will embark on rowing boats, decorated to resemble slices of fruit, such as durian, melon, pear and papaya. A hidden banana grotto, complete with banana scent, will be nestled beneath a floating pineapple island at the center of the installation.

“The pineapple was long seen as the king of fruits – a lush and tropical treat combining the bounty of strawberries with an exotic citrus tang,” explains Sam Bompas.

“As London natives, we are obsessed with pineapples in architecture. Take a wander around the capital, and you will see that the triumphant pineapple is a London-wide architectural motif.”

The IncrEdibles festival itself will celebrate obscure edible plants from around the world, and visitors will have a unique opportunity to sample a selection of the plant world’s 30,000 edible species. Staff will also don uniforms created by London-based menswear designer Kit Neale in collaboration with Kew archivists. The prints will showcase contemporary textiles, while referencing the historical botanical illustrations belonging to the Kew archive.

Other events during the festival include a tropical larder at Palm House, a rose garden tea party with a twist, and a global kitchen garden. The Tutti Frutti Boating Lake will open May 25 through September 1, 2013. – Babette Radclyffe-Thomas

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