Upright Meadow

College Street, Carlow  |  
April 2017 - Present

Upright Meadow is an installation that began with wildflower plants which are commonly found growing within crevices of stone walls. The plants were collected over an eight month period prior to being implanted into the installation in April 2017.

The 'living' wall highlights the variety of wild plants which have been intentionally planted here (in contrast to commercial bedding flowers found in street planters). The wall presents foliage not-on-demand and was inspired by a pocket of land behind the wall that is rich with wild grasses, insects, birds and flowers.

Upright Meadow will grow and develop its own pattern of flowering and leaves between Spring and Autumn. The installation is a live piece in terms of the unknown plant varieties that will join the wall and germinate in the the junction boxes.

Plants 2017: Red Valerian, Ivy-Leaved Toadflax, Sea Daisy, Wall Pennywort, Common Fern, Lesser Periwinkle and Scabious.

The installation is part of a town-wide project whereby seven artists were commissioned by the Pure Thinking Community Group to respond to a chosen wall space in Carlow town.

 With thanks to the Connie Byrne and Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow.

Left: installation view, April 2017

Upright Meadow
May 2018

Upright Meadow
May 2018

Upright Meadow
August 2019

Upright Meadow
August 2019

Upright Meadow (street view), 2020

Upright Meadow (Wall Pennywort detail), 2020

Upright Meadow January 2022