Grow Wild Creative Project

What’s it all about?

Grow Wild celebrates our incredible UK native plants and fungi!

Not only are they colourful and amazingly varied, but they’re also really important to our lives and the natural world. They provide food and shelter for pollinators, contribute to medicine and have even inspired magical myths and legends!
Grow Wild is commissioning a selection of London-based, 18-25 year-old artists to create a piece of artwork to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.
The artworks created will be displayed in an exhibition at London’s 70 St Mary Axe, a fantastic new building, standing at 21 stories high.

Grow Wild is the national outreach learning initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is supported by 70 St Mary Axe to bring people together to value and enjoy UK native plants and fungi.


About Kinga Pilarska

Kinga: ‘I have been looking forward to creating the mushroom sculptures, as I haven’t made sculptural work for over 2 years. I originally planned to create the mushrooms out of clay as I wanted to push myself to use materials outside of my comfort zone. I still achieved my goal by using unfamiliar materials, however in the form of plaster. The reason for my change of material was to do with the heaviness of the clay.

I originally planned to have the mushrooms sitting on a plank of wood which would be fixed to a canvas. This was the reason why I had to rethink the weight of the sculpture. As I progressed with the creation of the mushrooms, I became more drawn to have the mushrooms on a flat surface. This realisation came after I grouped my mushrooms together, whilst tidying my studio. Seeing the mushrooms grouped together on a flat surface made them look more natural. I also liked that you could see all around the mushroom. The position of the mushrooms on flat ground made the piece seem more in touch with nature as there was no instant man-made object for the mushrooms to interact with, more like a sculpture in a sense rather than an ornament to be observed if they were placed on a plank.

I’m excited to see how the mushrooms progress further and how far or close they stay to my initial idea.’