London readers, listen up. Bookmark the dates of 21st and 22nd June, because London's Tate Modern Gallery is soon to host a celebration of one of my favourite architects: Oklahoma's Bruce Goff. Details of the event here, here and here.
This is great news. The man was a genius, and seriously underappreciated -- and to add to the festivities, Goff-inspired architect Laurie Chetwood won the Gold Medal at the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show with this ... Goff-inspired creation, above, and this garden which accompanies it. Says Chetwood,
"The garden represents an imaginary concept for an open space in an urban setting, showcasing the latest environmental technologies and how they can sustain and enhance a garden.
"The focus is the Urban Oasis sculpture which harnesses daylight and windpower to recycle water. The sculpture mimics the design of an emerging flower: its 'petals' are linked to moisture sensors and are triggered to open when the garden is dry. The petals then convert sunlight to electricity for pumping water around the garden.
The things you have to say to sell a concept, eh. (You can read more about the all-singing all-dancing giant solar power flower here.)
PS: I have no idea whether it's a functioning thing or not, but while I was Googling Chetwood I came across this "wind dam" he's proposing for Lake Lodoga outside St Petersburg. Fantastic!