Saturday, 19 November 2016

Eden Project First Visit

I took far too many photos, so in order to cut them down into something you can view without falling asleep, I've divided them up into sections. I hope this will give you an idea of the wonderful Eden Project.

The layout




The plants





The sculptures






Beautiful garden design



Artwork
From sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, The Rising Tide, which was in the River Thames in London. To find out a bit more about it click here




A cuppa before entering the biomes in the lovely restaurant between the domes



The Rainforest Biome

Photography and information on the loss of habitat and effect of greed on indigenous populations is presented in this biome. The photographs and information boards (like the one below) are poignant.


Giant metal flower sculptures hang from the roof along the Rainforest Canopy Walkway


Waterfalls cascade


Fruit grows



The loggers effect


Lush vegetation



 The Mediterranean Biome


The Med Terrace Restaurant is beautiful. You can have weddings here, just imagine that!


The Rites of Dionysus sculpture



Cork pig sculptures



Gardens from South Africa to California





We both thought this was an amazing place to visit and we can't wait to go back again. I hardly know where to start to try and explain what they do here and how it made me feel, so in a very few words: educational, emotional, artistic, and extraordinary!

Please visit and support this marvellous project in Cornwall. Tip for visiting-go outside the school holidays, during the week. We went at the end of September on a warm and sunny Friday.

Well I hope you've enjoyed this brief tour and it's inspired you to go.

Until next time
SeagullSuzie

14 comments:

  1. Those metallo spiders / scorpions are creepy and scary. The big metal scuplture is great.

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    1. Hi Simon, some of the spiders are quite well hidden and surprise you as you walk around a corner!

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  2. Lovely photos of the Eden project. I haven't been for many years, so it's interesting to see how it's developed.

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    1. Hi Wendy, lots of people have said they've not been for years. It's matured so well, it's worth another visit.

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  3. Domes are great! I have friends who used to build and live in them until the land owner had a hissy fit !

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    1. The domes are great Mel and the Med Restaurant is inside one of them, a great place to eat. We enjoyed a lovely big ice cream inside the Mediterranean Biome.

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  4. Great post and photos Suzie. We went years ago not longer after it had opened (sadly, in the school holidays! - it was busy!). So interesting to see how it has developed and I love the sculptures :)

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    1. It has really changed, the mass planting, trees and shrubs are so mature now, well worth a return visit I should think.

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  5. We have visited the Eden project three times. The first time was when it first opened. When we returned over 10 years later it was amazing to see how much it had developed and how everything had grown! It was such an amazing vision of what could be created in these empty clay pits. The social and environmental projects that they have developed worldwide are impressive too. There always seems to be something different to see, the Rising Tide sculptures and those outside borders look amazing! Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, I think the Rising Tide sculpture would have been spectacular to see in the Thames, but I guess it's doing the rounds now. We will go back again after the winter and before the summer holidays.

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  6. It was interesting to see just how much the Eden project has matured. I visited when it first opened, and have been intending to return again ever since, but never got around to it.

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    1. Lots of people seem to have gone when it first opened and I wonder what it must have looked like then. The trees and plants are so full and mature and the Rain forest biome is stuffed full to bursting-they are even cutting down some trees!

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  7. I visited the Eden project a good few years ago and its interesting to see some of the changes. Your photo's are lovely. Not sure why the Rising Tide sculptures are there. They are out of context. They looked fine when viewed standing in the Thames.I personally don't like them but I get what the artist is saying.Maybe the public expect to see new things when they visit but its in danger of becoming just another theme park.

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    1. Hi Caz, I guess the Rising Tide sculptures are just doing the rounds, but agree they don't look so good out of the water. I think they could have found a better place for them as they do look a little bare.

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