On November 29, London’s Grosvenor Square will become a field of flowers – 27,000 roses, in fact, white silk ones, which will be impressively illuminated each day until 8pm. The Ever After Garden will be open to all and visitors will have the opportunity to “plant” a white rose in memory of a loved one for a £10 donation – all funds raised will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The installation is the work of Culture Collective – the name behind the light installations at Kew Gardens and Blenheim Palace – but was conceived by designer Anya Hindmarch and writer Camilla Morton. The duo sought to commemorate their late friend Michael Howells, the stage and set designer who created catwalks for Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior and Christian Lacroix, as well as theatre and television sets for stage productions and films including Emma, Shackleton and, memorably, Ever After.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity funds crucial clinical trials that help further pioneering cancer research and state-of-the-art equipment, from robotic surgery to cancer imaging, while also providing facility refurbishment and personalised treatment for cancer patients in the UK and around the world.