Art of Mon­drian grows on gar­den­ing stu­dent

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Bay­ley Lu­uTomes says he is feel­ing the pres­sure as the Eller­slie In­ter­na­tional Flower Show draws nearer.

The Tawa res­i­dent is in Christchurch, set­ting up his ex­hibit for the show, which runs from March 6 to 10. He is one of nine en­trants in the stu­dent de­signer cat­e­gory and hopes the ex­po­sure and any success will kick­start his plans for a land­scape de­sign busi­ness.

Be­ing the only stu­dent en­trant from this re­gion, he is fly­ing the flag against mostly Auck­land and Christchurch de­sign­ers.

‘‘ It’s really ex­cit­ing, I’m learn­ing so much and it’s a chance for me to show­case what I’m ca­pa­ble of.’’

Mr Lu­uTomes’ rooftop garden dis­play is called ‘‘ Liv­ing Art’’, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Dutch painter Piet Mon­drian. It is a mul­ti­func­tional out­door space, he says, built with a young, sin­gle, pro­fes­sional male in mind.

He even went to the length of giv­ing his ‘‘client’’ a name and back­story, with likes and dis­likes.

The garden, mea­sur­ing 4.8m by 4.8m, has a glass bridge, coloured glass per­gola, LED light­ing, out­door TV and fire­place and 1200 plants.

It is bold and colour­ful, with plenty of ‘‘out­door flow’’, he says.

Mr Lu­uTomes worked in ad­ver­tis­ing be­fore re­turn­ing to study. He says he has al­ways had an in­ter­est in gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing. He has worked on his Eller­slie ex­hibit for 10 months.

‘‘I love cre­at­ing and see­ing things that you’ve done grow, it’s very sat­is­fy­ing. So I’ve at­tended dozens of home shows and garden shows, putting a lot of my own spare time and ef­fort into learn­ing about what it takes to be a de­signer.

‘‘Eller­slie is about bring­ing it all to­gether and jump­ing in the deep end.’’

He says the de­sign has been the easy part and is both anx­ious and an­i­mated about hav­ing a lim­ited amount of time to erect the real thing in Christchurch.

‘‘ I’m just pray­ing the weather doesn’t go bad and we don’t have any is­sues when set­ting it up. At the end of the day we’re go­ing to be judged on a cri­te­ria and we [ the stu­dent en­trants] could all get gold medals, or none of us might. I know it will be an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Mr Lu­uTomes re­ceived $9000 in grants for the project and 11 busi­nesses pro­vided him with ma­te­rial at cost prices, but he es­ti­mates the ex­hibit will cost $40,000. His only lo­cal spon­sor is Guthrie Bowron/Du­lux Porirua.

Fol­low Mr Lu­uTomes’ progress in Christchurch at face­book.com/blt­de­sign.co.nz

Garden can­vas: Tawa’s Bay­ley Lu­uTomes with the scale mockup of his Eller­slie ex­hibit, based on a well-known piece by the

painter Mon­drian.

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