The Art Park Presents;
The Secret Language of Flowers
The Secret Language of Flowers’ featuring the Botanical Drawings of Ireland’s greatest living botanical illustrator Wendy Walsh projected nightly at the Art Park in Dublin’s Docklands until June 16th
To coincide with the launch of the Bloom Festival, the Art Park, located to the rear of the Conference Centre Dublin (CCD) will be screening nightly ‘The Secret Language of Flowers’, a visual homage to the exquisite drawings of Ireland’s greatest living botanical illustrators Wendy Walsh and to the centuries old practise of attributing a language to flowers.
Stemming from Chinese and oriental origins, Greek mythology to Greek and Roman cultures, the language of flowers has been celebrated throughout centuries by writers, poets and artists. While the meanings attributed to this language could differ in geographical location, the Victorians eagerly adopted the subject, inspired by the travel writings of several courageous and unconventional (often women) travellers of that time. Learning the language meaning was key - as how flowers were placed or presented, worn on the body, the colours chosen and how a bunch might be tied could define a meaning, a gift or a response. Without putting pen to paper, the sentiments of love, refusal, jealousy, splendour and affection could be exchanged.
Wendy Walsh is one of Ireland's foremost botanical artists. She is the recipient of many international honours and awards including several Royal Horticultural Society gold medals. She is known internationally for her books produced in conjunction with the distinguished botanist Dr E.Charles Nelson, former taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. 'An Irish Florilegium' won a bronze medal for the 'Most beautiful Book in the World' at the Leipzig Book Fair.
Additional floral photographic images in this projection are by her grandson, James Fennell, an internationally acclaimed lifestyle and portrait photographer whose fourth series co-publication of ‘Vanishing Ireland’ with historian Turtle Bunbury will be published this autumn. Wendy Walsh, her daughter, the still life and portrait painter Lesley Fennell, and her son James and his family live at their 300-year-old family home, Burtown House in County Kildare where the gardens, gallery and café are open to the public.