Sculpture, photography, architecture, and biology are some of the disciplines that intersect in Ackroyd & Harvey’s work, revealing an intrinsic bias towards process and event and often reflecting urban political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay. In this exclusive interview they discuss their work and ideas with Helen Moore.
Sculpture, photography, architecture, and biology are some of the disciplines that intersect in Ackroyd & Harvey’s work. They are acclaimed for large-scale architectural interventions and for their work making complex photographs utilizing the pigment chlorophyll; in 2003 they grew the entire vertical interior space of a disused church in South London, the following year contributed to European Space 9th Sculpture Quadrennial in Riga, Latvia and in 2007 realised their largest temporary living public artwork FlyTower on the exterior of London’s National Theatre. In 2011 they were awarded the prestigious Mapping the Park commission for London 2012, a series of individual sculptures entitled History Trees at ten of the major entrances into the Olympic Park. Three of the sculptures will be present for the Games with the remaining seven to be installed for the opening of the Queen Elizabeth II public park. During last year they also exhibited in Terre Vulnerabili at Hangar Bicocca in Milan, continued a Slow Art residency at the Eden Project, were commissioned to make a short film for the What of Earth series, and showed a series of their crystal artworks at the Royal Society summer exhibition.